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Mauricio Pochettino has acknowledged the setback caused by Mudryk ahead of the last match against Bournemouth.

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Chelsea will have to navigate their final Premier League game against Bournemouth without Mykhailo Mudryk due to concussion protocols. This development follows an incident during Wednesday night’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion, where Mudryk sustained a head injury and had to be substituted off just before halftime.

Mudryk, who has become a regular starter under Pochettino in recent months, scoring seven goals across various competitions this season, was part of Chelsea’s lineup against Brighton. However, a collision with Tariq Lamptey led to Mudryk being struck in the face. Despite initially trying to continue after receiving medical attention, he was eventually replaced by Christopher Nkunku.

Chelsea utilized the concussion substitute rule, which allows both teams to make an additional substitution in case of head injuries, following consultations with the referee and club medical staff. Nonetheless, this decision triggers the concussion protocols, mandating a recovery period for the player.

In his post-match comments, Pochettino provided an update on Mudryk’s condition, expressing concern about his dizziness. He mentioned that Mudryk will need to undergo the seven-day concussion protocol, ruling him out of the upcoming game. Pochettino, however, remains hopeful that the injury is not severe.

Despite Mudryk’s absence, Chelsea secured a 2-1 victory over Brighton, with Nkunku netting the decisive goal. This win puts Chelsea in a favorable position, needing just one point in their final game against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge to secure European football for the next season.

Additionally, Chelsea will also be without full-back Reece James for the Bournemouth clash and the first two games of the following season. James received a straight red card for an incident involving Joao Pedro, leading to his suspension.

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