Benayoun fears lengthy lay-off

Benayoun has only recently shaken off a calf problem and was

looking forward to kick-starting his career at Stamford Bridge. He

has, however, suffered a recurrence of an old ailment and will be

out of action for the foreseeable future. Benayoun underwent a scan

on his latest problem in Israel on Wednesday, having linked up with

his national side ahead of the latest round of Euro 2012

qualifiers. His worst fears have been realised and, while Chelsea

are still keen to conduct tests of their own, the 30-year-old fears

he could miss a large chunk of the season. “I pray I will be out

for three months but am prepared to be out for six,” Benayoun said

in The Sun. “A specialist says I need surgery.” Benayoun first

damaged his Achilles over the summer, shortly after completing a

move to the Blues from Liverpool. He then hobbled out of a Carling

Cup clash with Newcastle on September 22 with a calf injury.