Branislav Ivanovic’s return to Chelsea takes just 13 MINUTES as West Brom’s veteran defender is replaced, despite being a substitute in the first half, following a hamstring injury after a run with Timo Werner.
Branislav Ivanovic had a miserable return to Chelsea on Saturday after only being on the field for 13 minutes for West Brom, who had initially been used as a substitute.
Ivanovic replaced the injured Dara O’Shea in the 24th minute of the entertaining Premier League encounter, but before he knew it his day was over after quitting what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
The former right back of Blues took on fast Timo Werner in a sprint race, but the 37-year-old immediately retired.
Branislav Ivanovic lasted just 13 minutes on his return to Chelsea after an injury
Ivanovic seemed to be pulling his hamstring after a run with the fast Timo Werner
Ivanovic was then himself replaced in the 37th minute by Callum Robinson at Stamford Bridge.
Ivanovic became a fan favorite during his time at Stamford Bridge, having played for the club for nine years between 2008 and 2017.
The defender collected no fewer than 377 games for the Premier League giants and won three league titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, three FA Cups and one League Cup.
But while it was personally a miserable return to Stamford Bridge for Ivanovic, he saw his West Brom team-mates strikingly beat Chelsea 5-2 on Saturday.
The red card of Thiago Silva turned the game on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge upside down
Matheus Pereira scored twice in injury time in the first half for relegation-threatened West Brom
Chelsea took the lead in the 27th minute via Christian Pulisic, but just two minutes later the hosts went back to 10 men after Thiago Silva received a second yellow card.
Then the relegation-threatened Baggies of Sam Allardyce turned the game on its head with two goals in injury time in the first half via Matheus Pereira.
And the entertainment continued into the second half as West Brom rushed to a 4-1 lead thanks to an emphatic volley from Robinson before Mbaye Diagne threw in the fourth of the visitors.
Mason Mount pulled a goal back for Chelsea in the 71st minute, but Robinson completed the stoppage-time defeat to seal an incredible afternoon for the Baggies.
Callum Robinson scores West Brom’s last goal of the game while beating Chelsea 5-2