Potter explains why Koulibaly missed game against Manchester United

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Kalidou Koulibaly wasn’t part of the squad that played Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

The 31-year-old played the entire 90 minutes against Brentford in midweek, as Chelsea kept a clean sheet away at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has revealed that Koulibaly missed the game through a knee injury.

“Just felt his knee at the back end of the game against Brentford,” Potter told Sky Sports.

“Not too bad but too soon for this one.”

Potter added: “We lost Koulibaly so you can’t play him then you’ve got a couple of players returning who recovered against Brentford.

“Thiago couldn’t play in midweek so it’s a case of managing the load and managing the games and picking a team that can be competitive and win the game, hopefully.”