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Injury crisis hits Carabao Cup final: Key players out for Chelsea and Liverpool

Carabao Cup Final Faces Injury Concerns for Both Chelsea and Liverpool

Chelsea and Liverpool prepare to clash in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, aiming to lift the first trophy of the English season.

This re-run of the 2022 encounter, famously decided by an 11-10 penalty shootout, might not require such heroics this time around due to extensive injury concerns plaguing both teams.

Both managers face the challenge of fielding their strongest lineups amidst significant absences.

Key players from both sides will be forced to watch from the sidelines, potentially impacting the quality of the encounter.

While there’s still an abundance of talent available, crucial figures will be missing this high-profile clash.

Chelsea’s Injury Woes:

Reece James: Thigh injury, out until March/April.

Thiago Silva: Groin injury, doubtful for the final.

Marc Cucurella: Ankle injury, out until March.

Benoit Badiashile: Groin injury, out until March.

Wesley Fofana: ACL injury, out until April.

Carney Chukwuemeka: Ankle injury, status unclear.

Lesley Ugochukwu: Thigh injury, return date unknown.

Robert Sanchez: Knee injury, questionable for the final.

Romeo Lavia: Thigh injury, not yet training with the first team.

Liverpool’s Injury List:

Mohamed Salah: Fatigue, expected to return soon.

Darwin Nunez: Injury details unknown, missed last match.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Knee injury, out until March.

Alisson: Thigh injury, return date unknown.

Diogo Jota: Knee injury, out for an extended period.

Dominik Szoboszlai: Hamstring injury, out until March.

Curtis Jones: Ankle injury, return date unknown.

Thiago Alcantara: Hamstring injury, return date unknown.

Joel Matip: ACL injury, ruled out for the season.

Stefan Bajcetic: Calf injury, return date unknown.

While the Carabao Cup final promises an exciting encounter, both teams will have to navigate through significant injury concerns, potentially adding a layer of uncertainty to this highly anticipated clash.