Report: What happened last season that cost Chelsea more than £40m

Reports have claimed that Chelsea suffered some really bad luck last season when it came to injuries to their first team squad.

According to the Evening Standard, the Blues picked up as many as 68 injuries, which ended up costing them financially too.

In a campaign where there was very little to cheer about as far as Chelsea were concerned, they could put a section of the blame at least on their hard luck throughout the campaign.

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They were without some of their best players for large sections of the season. N’golo Kante missed the majority of the campaign after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening games of the campaign.

They were also lacking Reece James and Ben Chilwell, who last season especially held a lot of the creative responsibility for their side.

Unfortunately, their issues have continued into this campaign too. James has only just returned from an opening day issue, while the left-back may not return until 2024 after his most recent problem.

Chelsea hit hard by injuries

With those three just the highlights of a large quantity of problems, it quickly had its financial implications in Todd Boehly’s first season at the helm.


It has been reported that wages paid to those who were unavailable reached a total higher than £40m, which will certainly not have gone down too well.

Those issues have continued to stack into this season, with a host of their new signings not yet able to make their debuts due to injuries.

Christopher Nkunku picked up a problem in the final game of pre-season, and has therefore not featured despite being the marquee attacking addition of the summer.

Romeo Lavia is also yet to feature for the Blues after his move from Southampton, however it has been reported that he could be fit enough to make his debut at the weekend against Newcastle.

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