Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CAHILL: INJURIES WILL HIT US HARD; Skipper Says Chelsea's Squad 'Will Be Tested' by This Season's Schedule after Wembley woeCahill: We'd Be Hit Hard by Injuries

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CAHILL: INJURIES WILL HIT US HARD; Skipper Says Chelsea's Squad 'Will Be Tested' by This Season's Schedule after Wembley woeCahill: We'd Be Hit Hard by Injuries

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

GARY CAHILL admits Chelsea cannot afford to lose key players to injury as he suggested a lack of numbers in the squad is a concern ahead of the new Premier League season.

Chelsea ended their pre-season schedule with a third successive defeat as they were beaten by Arsenal on penalties in the Community Shield.

Coach Antonio Conte has consistently complained about a lack of signings over the past few weeks and named 19-year-old rookie midfielder Kyle Scott among his substitutes yesterday.

With injured pair Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko unavailable to face Burnley on Saturday, Conte will argue he has just 14 experienced players to call upon. In contrast, Arsenal have a squad of 33 players, although that includes a number of youngsters.

The difference between the clubs was clear to see in the matchday programme as the respective rosters were printed out in full, and club captain Cahill said: "The back of the programme was interesting. In terms of quality we've certainly got that but you have to hope we don't have too many injuries.

"Obviously the [four] new players who have just come, they're going to be vitally important. There's no doubt we've added quality to the team.

"But with playing more games due to the Champions League this season, the numbers are going to be tested. We just have to keep everybody fit and sharp.

"As players we are in control of what we do and the way we prepare for the games. The other stuff outside of that [transfers] is none of our business."

Chelsea's preparations for the season have led to comparisons to the build-up to the 2015-16 campaign when they followed up winning the title with a 10thplaced finish, while boss Jose Mourinho was sacked before Christmas.

Cahill sees no cause for alarm, though.

He said: "The mood in the camp is fine. …

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