Chelsea given bleak Lavia injury news after Liverpool forced transfer premium

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Chelsea new signing Romeo Lavia is reportedly facing at least six weeks on the sidelines, as the club are fearing that he has suffered ankle ligament damage after picking up an injury during training in the international break. The young Belgian midfielder was not called up by his country following a summer bidding war that the Blues won over Liverpool, having paid £58million to Southampton for their teenage starlet.

Lavia will have to wait to make his Chelsea debut, as the Daily Mail have claimed that Lavia is facing a month and a half out after an initial scan revealed potential ligament damage.

Lavia went over on his ankle during Thursday’s session at Cobham, having attempted to prove his fitness to Mauricio Pochettino during the two-week break, but he was forced to cut his training efforts short to visit the physio instead.

The club are yet to confirm the full extent of Lavia’s injury but the 19-year-old is not expected to make his Blues debut until October as a result of the disappointing diagnosis.

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Lavia had been in attendance at Stamford Bridge for the victory over Luton and 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest before the break, but Pochettino felt that his fitness was not up to the required level after a transfer saga that saw Liverpool make several bids to land the former Southampton midfielder before he chose to move to Chelsea.

“Lavia no [not ready to start],” Pochettino said before Chelsea’s win over Luton. “He needs a few weeks to be ready to be involved with the team. He is working to try and catch his team-mates. For Romeo we need to wait a few weeks.”

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Lavia’s injury verdict only further adds to Chelsea’s fitness woes, having already lost captain Reece James, Christopher Nkunku and Carney Chukwuemeka this season, while Wesley Fofana, Armando Broja and Benoit Badiashile have been long-term absentees.

Pochettino will have to wait to implement Lavia alongside the likes of Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo in a midfield that would cost close to £300m in total, though is clearly a huge fan of Lavia and was prepared to spend £58m to gazump Liverpool.

“I think we all know him, his quality, his profile. He’s the perfect player for this project,” Pochettino said after Lavia was announced as a Chelsea player. “We are excited and so happy to add him in the squad.”

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