Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic has been ruled out of action for around three weeks following his injury on international duty. The Serbian defender, usually imperial, has struggled to replicate even a glimpse of his form that saw the Blues lift the Premier League just five months ago.
A blessing in disguise for Chelsea – Branislav Ivanovic expected to miss three weeks with a hamstring tear. pic.twitter.com/JpuzM50E3m
— Goal Adviser (@GoalAdviser) October 13, 2015
The West London outfit are in 16th position after just two wins in their opening eight games, along with four losses to the likes of Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton.
Good news!! Branislav Ivanovic expected to miss three weeks for Chelsea as hamstring tear hands £21m Baba Rahman a chance at left back#CFC
— OLuwaseun Adeyemi (@Oluwadeyemi) October 13, 2015
Ivanovic being out with a hamstring injury could be the best thing to happen to Chelsea this year…. He's been poor this season… #cfc
— Taylor Overstreet (@TWOLFgang14) October 13, 2015
Ivanovic has been the subject of abuse from a section of Chelsea fans online so far this season, who find it hard to believe manager Jose Mourinho constantly selects as a first-team regular.
Ivanovic get hamstring injury..what a mighty God we serve
— Kwamina (@bar_nes_) October 8, 2015
I don't like to wish an injury on any Chelsea player, but Ivanovic has been so bad, I'm actually glad!
— ChelseaTalk (@TheBlues_Talk) October 8, 2015
Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2008, the former Lokomotiv Moscow defender has been a key part of their success, winning two Premier League titles, along with the Champions League, Europa League and both domestic cup competitions.
Would never wish an injury on one of our own players but if Ivanovic is injured it couldn't of been timed better…
— Jay (@Jayzinq) October 8, 2015
Ivanovic has a hamstring injury. There is a God. #cfc
— Guy Routledge (@GuyRoutledge1) October 8, 2015
However, fans who previously adored him appear to relishing a brief spell without the player, as summer signing Baba Rahman may finally be given a chance to shine.
It may take an injury to Ivanovic for Baba Rahman to receive some playing. That injury could mean the end of Ivanovic #CFC career.
— Di Rebelist (@DiStarrEnu) October 13, 2015
Baba Rahman was one of the best LB in Germany last season.
— SimplyMourinho (@DareToHazard) October 13, 2015