How will Chelsea’s injuries affect their start to the season?


7th, August 2007


P_John_Terry_3.jpgChelsea’s squad for last weekend’s Community Shield match was so bare that they played without a recognised striker for most of the match. And it looks like they’ll have to make up the numbers when their Premier League kicks off on Sunday.
John Terry, Michael Ballack and Wayne Bridge are definitely out. Didier Drogba doesn’t look like being ready and there are doubts over Salomon Kalou and Andriy Shevchenko.
If the last few seasons have taught us anything, it’s that it’s crucial to get off to a good start. It’s how Chelsea won their first two titles, Man Utd made it a priority last season and Liverpool have said the same this season.
With the rest of the Big Four looking impressive in pre-season and with fewer injuries to hold them back, could it be all over for Chelsea before it has even began?
Or, is the club’s multi-million pound second string good enough to cope until the casualties return?