Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that his side are in trouble after Olivier Giroud injury during their narrow win against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Giroud picked up an ankle injury and was taken out of the pitch in 72nd minutes during his side’s 1-0 win over the Eagles at Selhurst Park.

The 32-year-old was spotted leaving the ground on crutches after sustaining an ankle ligament damaged.

“The problem is his ankle. I don’t know the severity,” said Sarri.

“We have to wait for tomorrow. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results.”

“But I think the real result will only be known tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Sarri will have to rely on Alvaro Morata or may resort to playing Eden Hazard in a striking role.

The Italian boss added: “In the last few days we were a bit unlucky.”

“Yesterday in 10 minutes we had three injuries – Fabregas, Loftus and Drinkwater – then Giroud today, and we were already without Pedro and Odoi.”

“We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days.”

“Fabregas is a neck problem. The injury was in the last five minutes of training, so I’m not sure whether he has to rest for two or 10 days. I will have a meeting with the doctor this evening.”

Chelsea, who are five points clear of Arsenal in fourth place, are back in the Premier League action against Southampton on Wednesday.

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