Roméo Lavia’s Chelsea season over after one 32-minute appearance

Thigh injury setback rules out midfielder for rest of campaignHe has not played since December debut after £53m move

Roméo Lavia, who has played only 32 minutes of competitive football since joining Chelsea for £53m last summer, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a thigh injury.

The update on the Belgium midfielder is the latest in a long line of worrying developments for Mauricio Pochettino, who has had to cope without a number of key players at various points of a testing campaign. Reece James, Chelsea’s captain, has not played since December and Christopher Nkunku, Lesley Ugochukwu, Levi Colwill and Wesley Fofana are also in the treatment room.

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