Blow for Chelsea as groin surgery rules out Enzo Fernández for rest of season

Inguinal hernia has hampered £106.8m Argentina midfielderMauricio Pochettino under pressure after consecutive defeats

Mauricio Pochettino’s hopes of holding on to his job as Chelsea’s head coach have been complicated by Enzo Fernández needing to undergo surgery on a groin injury that will rule out the £106.8m midfielder for the rest of the season.

Fernández has an inguinal hernia and the operation is set to sideline the Argentinian for the final six games, beginning with Saturday night’s trip to Aston Villa. The former Benfica midfielder has clearly been hampered by the injury and having surgery now will keep him in contention to play at this summer’s Copa América.

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