Chelsea lose Benayoun to Achilles injury
Thursday 07 October 2010
Premier League leaders Chelsea could be without Yossi Benayoun for several months after the Israeli Football Association revealed the midfielder has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon.
The 30-year-old has not played since he tore a calf muscle in the Carling Cup defeat to Newcastle United on 22 September. He had joined up with the Israel squad for Euro 2012 qualifiers against Croatia and Greece, but underwent a scan on Tuesday which revealed the Achilles injury.
Chelsea were yesterday waiting for Benayoun, who joined in the summer for £5.5m from Liverpool, to return to London before announcing how long they expected him to be missing.
The Israel captain yesterday told his Football Association's website: "I arrived with hope of helping the national team but, unfortunately, this is not a simple injury. An additional test will reveal what needs to be done."
Benayoun made his Chelsea debut in the 3-1 Community Shield defeat to Manchester United, but has yet to start a Premier League game for the Double winners.
News of Benayoun's injury came a day after the defender Alex was ruled out for three weeks with a thigh injury
Lampard, however, is due back in action next week, when the champions travel to Aston Villa. The England midfielder has not played since he aggravated a hernia problem in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Stoke City in August. He underwent surgery last month and resumed training, only to suffer a groin strain. Lampard has missed Chelsea's last seven games.
Regular cast member Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson, is about to test TV boundaries
Latest in Sport
Daniel Sturridge injury latest: Brendan Rodgers ready to buy a striker as setback rocks Liverpool
Amir Khan exclusive: 'Manny Pacquiao has been beaten in his last few fights, beating Floyd Mayweather would be massive'
Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet
Jack Wilshere ready to be the heartbeat of Roy Hodgson’s new England era
Chelsea vs West Brom: Chelsea fans expect strong response to Jose Mourinho's 'empty stadium' jibe at Stamford Bridge this weekend
- 1 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 2 Pirelli calendar 2015: The problem with 'plus-size' models like Candice Huffine
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
G20 summit: Enter Putin. Accompanied by four warships. To the sound of mockery
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
David Cameron 'compares Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Nazi Germany' ahead of tense meeting
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine