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Chelsea Women’s Team Gears Up for FA Cup Return
- Updated: January 12, 2024
After a rejuvenating three-week winter break, Chelsea Women’s Team, led by coach Emma Hayes, is eagerly anticipating a return to competitive action against West Ham United in the FA Cup fourth round this Sunday. Despite the hiatus, the players maintained their fitness and focus, staying on top of the Women’s Super League table and leading in the UEFA Women’s Champions League group.
The team utilized the festive period for a well-deserved break, followed by a warm-weather training camp in Morocco to prepare for the upcoming challenges. Emma Hayes expressed confidence in her players, emphasizing the commitment to maintaining high standards. “Anyone who plays for this badge and plays for me knows you don’t down tools for one minute,” she said, highlighting the players’ dedication to Chelsea Football Club.
Hayes sees this break as essential for player welfare, particularly after three consecutive major championships. She believes the players have benefited from the extended break, allowing them to recharge physically and mentally. “The players have been working hard [over the winter] and kept themselves in good shape. Our focus now is just on getting ready for the game at the weekend,” added Hayes.
Unfortunately, Chelsea will miss the contributions of star player Sam Kerr in the upcoming FA Cup clash, as the Australian international sustained an ACL injury during the training camp in Morocco. Additionally, club captain Millie Bright is unlikely to feature against West Ham as she continues her rehabilitation from a knee issue.
Regarding Bright’s recovery, Hayes stated, “She’s in rehab at the minute and working hard on that. I can’t give a timeline for a return as I’ve said many times over. She’s in good spirits and she’ll be back as soon as she humanly possibly can make it back. We just need to get it right for Millie’s long-term future.”
Despite these setbacks, Emma Hayes is optimistic about the team’s prospects, confident in the depth and character of her squad. As Chelsea Women’s Team returns to the pitch, their focus remains on maintaining their impressive form and pushing for success in the upcoming competitions.
Watch Chelsea Women’s Team in action as they face West Ham United in the FA Cup fourth round, showcasing the resilience and determination that define this formidable group of players.
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By- Sahiba Suri