Chelsea boss explains why Mason Mount won’t play against Manchester City

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Mason Mount was left out of the Chelsea XI to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday after sustaining an injury.

The England international’s absence saw manager Graham Potter go with Denis Zakaria and Mateo Kovacic in midfield behind Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Raheem Sterling with Kai Havertz leading the line for Chelsea.

“He had a kick in training yesterday so it never rains but it pours,” Potter told Sky Sports ahead of kick-off.

Mount joins a lengthy injury list at Chelsea that also includes N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Edouard Mendy, Welsey Fofana and Armando Broja.

On the diminished squad, Potter added: “In the end you are trying to find a solution: How do you replace Reece James? How do you replace N’Golo Kante? How do you replace Wesley Fofana?

“These are guys that are key players for us. I don’t want to make excuses, it sounds like them. We need stability and we are working towards that.”