Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana ruled out of Bournemouth clash with hamstring injury

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Wesley Fofana was left out of Chelsea’s squad to face Bournemouth due to a hamstring injury.

The £70million signing travelled with the squad to the south coast but was not included, with Benoit Badiashile starting alongside Thiago Silva at centre-back.


Fofana has struggled for form in recent weeks and looked unhappy when he was substituted by Frank Lampard late on in Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Lampard said: “Fofana had a bit of an issue with his hamstring yesterday travelling down, so it’s more of a precaution on that one. Other than that we’ve got a squad, so the players that come in have to show what they can do.”

Lampard made five changes at Bournemouth, with Badiashile, Chalobah, Mykhailo Mudryk, Conor Gallagher and Kai Havertz all coming into the Chelsea starting line-up at the Vitality Stadium.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Wesley Fofana, Mateo Kovacic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling were the players to make way.

There was no place in the Chelsea squad for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had just nine touches against Arsenal before being hauled off at half-time.

Chelsea travelled to Bournemouth looking to avoid matching a club-record seventh successive straight defeat.