Carney Chukwuemeka backs Chelsea youngsters to take chances amid injury crisis

In the midst of Chelsea’s injury problems, Carney Chukwuemeka aspires to follow in the footsteps of fellow young players Lewis Hall and Omari Hutchinson by making an impact on the first squad.

Mason Mount sat out Thursday’s loss to Manchester City before Chukwuemeka was needed at Stamford Bridge after only five minutes as Raheem Sterling was forced to leave the game due to injury.

Christian Pulisic’s forced exit and the winger’s apparent hamstring problem brought the total number of Chelsea players with fitness problems to ten.

“At times it can be a bit nerve-wracking,” Chukwuemeka told Sky Sports. “But you just have to switch on and get your mind in the game, see how I can help the team.

“I feel like, because of how young I am, when I get on the pitch I don’t have anything to lose so I can just express myself. It’s the same for Omari and Lewis, they played really well when they came on so it’s just about keeping working.

“It’s a big opportunity for us to try to break into the team because of the injuries, just keep doing what we’re doing.”

In a strong performance for Chelsea, Chukwuemeka nearly broke the score by hitting the post in the first half.

“My heart skipped, literally, as I took the shot,” he added.

“I thought it was in but obviously not meant to be today, I’ve just got to keep working and hopefully it’ll come in the next few games.”


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