Big news today for Bayern Munich. Chelsea right back Cesar Azpilicueta has just come off with injury during a game against Arsenal in the FA Cup final. The Spaniard, who plays right-back for the Blues, pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury shortly after the half-hour mark.
He received immediate medical attention, but was not able to continue. Former Gladbach defender Andreas Christensen was subbed on as Azpi slowly limped off the pitch clutching his thigh.
We're forced into a first-half substitution as Azpilicueta hobbles off and is replaced by Christensen.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 1, 2020
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The injury, if serious, could rule Azpilicueta out for Chelsea’s return leg against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena next week. If so, the incident might come across as a bit ironic — Bayern also have their starting right-back missing for the second leg, with Benjamin Pavard picking up a foot injury during training.
How Chelsea cope with Azpi’s loss remains to be seen. The Blues lost to the Gunners 2-1, with Christian Pulisic scoring one and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice. It turned out to be a costly game for Chelsea, as they lost a bunch of players to injury. Of course, even though we face them next week, we wish all of them a speedy recovery. No one likes injuries, no matter which team you support.