On-loan Chelsea star suffers injury setback for Burnley

Nathaniel Chalobah was taken to hospital following a collision in an Under-21 Premier League tie for Burnley.

19-year-old Chalobah is on-loan at Turf Moor until the January transfer window, and he made his debut for the Clarets as a half-time substitute in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

The midfielder is looking to make an impact in the top flight following two impressive seasons in the Championship, but it appears as if he may be out for a number of weeks with an injury suffered in an Under-21 Premier League tie with Hull City.

He was playing the fixture as a means to return to full match fitness, but, having been clattered by Tigers centre back Will Aimson, the Burnley Express is reporting that he was taken to hospital to have a potential throat problem assessed.

The England Under-21 international returned to the field immediately after suffering the injury, but was withdrawn a short time later when it became evident he was in some discomfort, before being loaded into an ambulance in full kit.

There is no inclination that he will be fit for Saturday’s trip to Leicester, but Clarets boss Sean Dyche will be hoping that Chalobah will be available, with a number of midfielders currently out of action. Dean Marney, David Jones and Matt Taylor all missed the West Brom fixture, resulting in an already weak team suffering from being below full strength.

Despite Chalobah not having much of an impact upon his arrival to the game on Sunday, he still offers an understanding of the central midfield role that is missing with the current gaps in the squad, and Dyche’s job will become much harder if he is to be out for a number of weeks.

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