Diego Costa marked his return to the Chelsea team with a goal in a 2-0 victory over Hull City but the game was marred by a serious head injury suffered by Ryan Mason.
Messages of support have been sent to Mason after the Hull midfielder suffered a fractured skull.
He is in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery at St Mary’s Hospital in London following a clash of heads with Gary Cahill during the first half of Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.
The 25-year-old is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.
Footballers immediately took to Twitter to show their support for the Hull midfielder with former teammates Gareth Bale and Harry Kane leading the way.
Just got the updates about @RyanMason.. sad to hear, hope you will recover fast !!! All our prayers and thoughts are for you tonight 🙏🙏🙏— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) January 22, 2017
Just heard news about Ryan mason.... Awful, sending thoughts and prayers hoping that he pulls through...— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) January 22, 2017
During times like these teams and colours make no difference. Get well soon @RyanMason 🙏— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) January 22, 2017
Thoughts are with Ryan Mason and his family. Awful. Hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 22, 2017
Get well soon @RyanMason 🙏🏻 I'm sure you'll recover quickly.— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) January 22, 2017
Hope ryan mason makes soeady recovery 🙌🏽🙌🏽— Andre Gray (@AndreGray7) January 22, 2017
Take care @RyanMason I hope you make a speedy recovery young man! Thinking of you kidda and thoughts are with your family!— Dion Dublin (@DionDublinsDube) January 22, 2017
Thoughts and prayers with Ryan Mason... fingers crossed makes speedy recovery!
— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) January 22, 2017
Hope Ryan mason is ok. Looked a bad one 🙏🏿
— Darren Bent (@DarrenBent) January 22, 2017
Hugo Lloris is widely considered, alongside David de Gea and Petr Cech, as one of Premier League’s best goalkeepers. This after the Frenchman’s form has been crucial to Tottenham Hotspur’s improvement over the last two seasons.
However, on Saturday, Lloris had a shocker, gifting Manchester City two goals through some calamitous goalkeeping.
Spurs showed tremendous spirit after Lloris’ errors to fight back from 2-0 down and claim a draw, but that must have only left them wondering what could have been had their goalkeeper been at his best.
While Lloris has cut out the mistakes in the last two seasons, these stats show that the Frenchman has been among the Premier League’s most error-prone keepers during his time in England, belying his lofty reputation.
Highlighting this is the tweet below from our friends at WhoScored.com.
Simon Mignolet has regained his starting spot at Liverpool in recent weeks, which means that two of Chelsea’s title challengers have the two keepers with the most errors to lead directly to a goal.
How crucial will Lloris’ errors against Manchester City be come the end of the season?
For most of the Premier League campaign, Chelsea has sat comfortably top and they don’t look like they’ll relinquish their hold any time soon.
Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system has been revolutionary, allowing Eden Hazard a free role further up the pitch.
Not content with their superb first-half of the season, Chelsea are reportedly aiming for reinforcements this month, with recent reports mentioning a certain duo from Monaco; Djibril Sidibe and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
At the end of December, The Guardian reported that Conte and the club’s technical director, Michael Emenalo, visited France earlier in the month to watch Bakayoko and Sidibe in the Champions League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.
Here, we look at what those two players would bring to the Chelsea squad.
Although predominantly a right-back, Sidibe is incredibly versatile and can play on either of the defence as well as in midfield if needed.
He isn’t the type of full-back that always crosses from the wide areas, but prefers to cut into the middle and measure up a pass in the final third of the pitch.
Sidibe has a 66% tackle completion rate, which looks to be improving week in and out since his days as a Lille player. The fact that Monaco are normally in control of most Ligue 1 fixtures, means the 24-year-old spends a lot of time playing as a wingback, pushing further up the field.
Possessing the ability to play with both feet, Sidibe has a solid shot on him and it isn’t shy to let one fly from distance.
Completing 47 successful tackles so far this season, Sidibe has completed more tackles than any of Chelsea’s current full-backs, Marcos Alonso the closest to the Frenchman with 31.
Sidibe has also produced more key passes (16), completed more assists (2) and more accurate passes (655) than Chelsea’s Victor Moses this campaign.
Having only joined Monaco this summer, the Ligue 1 side will not not let go of Sidibe without a fight and will be aiming for at least double the €15million fee that they had paid for him.
After the departure of John Obi Mikel and Oscar this month, Chelsea will be looking to strengthen their midfield, with the club linked with Bakayoko during the January transfer window.
N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic are currently the regular starters at the heart of midfield for Chelsea, and Bakayoko would be seen as a perfect understudy and eventual replacement for the Serbian.
Conte is getting the best out of Matic once more after the 28-year-old suffered an awful 2015-16 season, but Bakayoko as a long-term option for Conte to invest in.
The Frenchman has helped transformed Monaco into title contenders, providing balance with an energy that underpins his incredible work-rate. He isn’t your typical destroyer in front of the defence, but also contributes the start of quick counters and can unlock defences with his range of passing.
Managing 17 appearances in the league, just three less than Matic, Bakayoko’s comparison with the Chelsea man doesn’t come as a surprise at all. He has completed 40 interceptions and 47 tackles, while Matic has managed 33 interceptions and 39 tackles.
However, Matic has helped more on the attacking side of the game, producing 17 key passes and six league assists. Bakayoko has only managed six key passes and has contributed directly to three of Monaco’s goals so far this season.
The Frenchman will not come cheap with reports suggesting that an offer around €40million will be needed to convince his club to sell.