Chelsea's Pedro suffered concussion in Arsenal clash

Spaniard’s injuries are worse than first feared after heavy collision with David Ospina

Chelsea’s Pedro collides with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during the first half of their friendly in Beijing. Photo: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Chelsea’s Pedro collides with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during the first half of their friendly in Beijing. Photo: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

 

Antonio Conte has revealed the injury suffered by Pedro in Chelsea’s pre-season friendly victory over Arsenal is more serious than he thought.

The 29-year-old was taken off in the first half of the 3-0 win in Beijing after a heavy collision with goalkeeper David Ospina, with the club later announcing that he stayed the night in hospital having sustained a concussion and facial injuries.

And Blues boss Conte — speaking to the media in Singapore ahead of Chelsea’s clash with German champions Bayern Munich — confirmed that the Spain international has suffered multiple fractures.

Another angle of Pedro’s collision. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Another angle of Pedro’s collision. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

But Pedro, who returned home after sustaining the injury, is expected to be back in training with a mask in 10 days.

Chelsea wrote on their official Twitter account: “Conte says Pedro’s injury was more serious than he thought.

“He has multiple fractures but with a mask he should train in 10 days.”

Conte also said he plans to bring on new signing Alvaro Morata at some stage against Bayern on Tuesday.

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