Branislav Ivanovic’s Chelsea return lasts just 13 MINUTES as West Brom’s veteran defender is replaced, despite being a first-half substitute, after pulling up with a hamstring injury following foot race with Timo Werner
Branislav Ivanovic endured a wretched return to Chelsea on Saturday after lasting just 13 minutes on the pitch for West Brom having initially come on as a substitute.
Ivanovic came on for the injured Dara O’Shea in the 24th minute of the entertaining Premier League encounter but before he knew it his time was up after pulling up with what looked like a hamstring injury.
The former Blues right back went head-to-head with the speedy Timo Werner in a sprint race but the 37-year-old instantly pulled up.
Branislav Ivanovic lasted just 13 minutes on his return to Chelsea after pulling up with injury
Ivanovic appeared to pull his hamstring following a foot race with the speedy Timo Werner
Ivanovic was then replaced himself in the 37th minute by Callum Robinson at Stamford Bridge, compounding a miserable return to west London for the Serbian.
Ivanovic became a fan favourite during his time at Stamford Bridge, having played for the club for nine years between 2008 and 2017.
The defender amassed a huge 377 appearances for the Premier League giants, winning three league titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, three FA Cups and one League Cup.
Thiago Silva’s red card turned the game on its head at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon
Meanwhile, Chelsea and West Brom played out an action-packed first half at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League kick-off.
Chelsea took the lead in the 27th minute through Christian Pulisic but just two minutes later, the hosts went down to 10 men after Thiago Silva was shown a second yellow.
Then Sam Allardyce’s relegation-threatened Baggies turned the game on its head with two goals in first half injury-time through Matheus Pereira.
Matheus Pereira scored twice in first-half injury-time for relegation-threatened West Brom