Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho is set for a spell on the sidelines after is was confirmed today that the defender is to have a scan on a back injury. The injury was sustained during Chelsea's 1-1 draw at home to Everton yesterday, with the Portuguese defender coming off during the first half of the game.
This news couldn't of come at a worse time for Chelsea boss Avram Grant who already has keeper Petr Cech and defenders John Terry and Paulo Ferreira on the injury list. After Sunday's match, which leaves Chelsea five points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, Grant conceded: "We have too many injuries.
Although it is not clear yet as to how long the 29-year old will be out for, this is obviously bad news for Chelsea. This kind of injury can keep a player out for at least a month and Chelsea fans will obviously be hoping that doesn't turn out to be the case. Carvalho is a central part of the Chelsea team and it will be a real blow if he were to be out for some time.
This news could see out of favour defender Tal Ben Haim get a run in the team. The player has been linked with a move away from the club in January after only joining them in the summer but he may now get a chance to prove the doubters wrong.