Havertz’s painful celebration: Played on with a fractured finger

Injuries and illness are at an all-time high in the Premier League, particularly at Chelsea.

So the Blues could have done without Kai Havertz breaking a finger while celebrating his goal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday night.

The German was mobbed by teammates after opening the scoring against Spurs at Stamford Bridge, only to emerge in pain and holding his hand.

He received medical treatment and carried on until half-time, but was removed thereafter as Thomas Tuchel looked to protect his forward, and reduce the possibility of it getting any worse.

It remains to be seen if the 22-year-old will feature in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie with Chesterfield.

With eight other first-teamers currently out of action – such as Reece James and recent COVID-19 cases Ngolo Kante and Thiago Silva – Tuchel faces a job to keep his team battling on all fronts as 2022 begins.