Chelsea injury update emerges as season-ending decision made over Mauricio Pochettino favourite

Enzo Fernandez
Enzo Fernandez underwent groin surgery. -Credit:Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Enzo Fernandez has undergone successful surgery on a groin injury and will miss the remainder of the Premier League season, Chelsea have confirmed.

The midfielder was substituted during Chelsea's win over Everton earlier this month, but had since started in both their FA Cup defeat to Manchester City and 5-0 loss to Arsenal. Earlier, Argentine media outlet Ole, he played those games despite suffering from an inguinal hernia and now a 'decision' has been made.

And on Thursday, Chelsea issued a statement confirming the procedure was successful. They said: "Enzo Fernandez has today undergone successful surgery on a groin issue and will now begin a rehabilitation period, sidelining him for the remainder of Chelsea’s 2023/24 season.

The 23-year-old midfielder will work with the club's medical department on his rehabilitation at Cobham.

To be in contention for Copa America this summer, Fernandez has decided to go under the knife to try and recover in time. The tournament, set to be played in the United States, will get underway on June 20, with the final scheduled for July 14.

It is said that the decision was made after the Blues were knocked out of the FA Cup. Discussions are said to have been held between the club's medical staff and Argentina's national team doctors.

Ole add that the recovery process will take around three weeks before he intensifies his preparations for Copa America. Argentina rely heavily on Fernandez and want him to be fully fit.

Despite experiencing a challenging period in west London thus far, he is determined to help his country win more major silverware after Argentina lifted the 2022 World Cup trophy in Qatar.

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Opening up about his spell at Stamford Bridge, Fernandez admitted: "The first six months weren’t easy, changing country, language, I had a child. It wasn’t easy coming here, but now everything is better, I’m more settled and enjoying it.

"Of course, I’m not happy with the position we’re in, I don’t like losing, it frustrates me a little, but you have to accept this process. There are a lot of young players, and next season will be better."

Chelsea will head to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on Saturday (8pm kick-off) following the 5-0 humiliation at Arsenal earlier this week.