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Chelsea boss Pochettino details Sanchez, Cucurella setbacks

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino admits they've been hit by a new raft of injuries.

Pochettino was speaking after seeing Reece James forced off in defeat at Everton.

"Reece felt something in his hamstring. For sure he's injured, but we don't know how serious it is," said Pochettino.

"Of course for us he is an important player, one of the best full-backs in the world. It is really disappointing because after 15 or 20 minutes we were playing well and I think this type of circumstance makes us change, because of course Malo Gusto is recovering from his injury.

"We hadn't given away many chances and then you need to move things to make some changes. Even when Reece went off the team was pushing and playing well.

"But we are disappointed because when you believe you can build something and a player like him who should be really important for us can't help the team. We go back and assess again in the next few days what is going on with his hamstring."

Pochettino also explained why Robert Sanchez and Marc Cucurella had to be forced off in the second-half.

"Robert Sanchez suffered a problem at Manchester United, it was an issue with his knee. He felt something during the second half, that is why he asked for the change. We must hope it is not a big issue.

"That is the same for Marc Cucurella, who twisted his ankle. We hope that these issues are not big. These are the circumstances we have been dealing with since the start and it is too much for a young team that needs to have all the elements together if we want to build something solid."

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