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Chelsea’s defensive lineup faces a setback with the news that Benoit Badiashile will miss the eagerly anticipated Carabao Cup Final due to a groin injury sustained in the recent FA Cup victory against Aston Villa. Scans confirming the extent of the injury suggest a four-week recovery period. This unfortunate development not only sidelines the 22-year-old French international for the upcoming Premier League clash against Crystal Palace but also rules him out for the away fixture against reigning champions Manchester City.

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The implications extend further, impacting the crucial Wembley showdown with Liverpool and the FA Cup fifth-round clash with Leeds. Badiashile, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Monaco for a substantial £35 million in January 2023, had previously signed a seven-and-a-half-year contract. However, his aspirations for significant playing time this season have been hindered by recurring injury setbacks.

Badiashile aims to return to training before Chelsea’s encounter with Brentford on March 2, setting the stage for a potential comeback in the home game against Newcastle on March 11.

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