Alan Pardew, the West Bromwich Albion manager, said Daniel Sturridge was “distraught” after limping off with yet another injury after just three minutes of action against his former club at Stamford Bridge.

The on-loan Liverpool striker was making just his third appearance for West Brom when he injured his hamstring just moments into the first half.

It was unclear how severe the injury could be, but what is certain is that this was another blow for a player who has been continuously dogged by injuries and would have been hoping to force his way into the England reckoning ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

“He was distraught,” said Pardew. “The way he's worked at our place has been of the highest order. He's absolutely devastated because he wants this period to be a success for himself and for West Brom.”

The injury to Sturridge was doubly frustrating because of the chances Pardew’s side subsequently missed against a Chelsea defence that looked at times to be lacking in confidence after two consecutive defeats.