Chelsea hire ex-Bournemouth medical director to handle Blues team fitness

 Chelsea FC has made a significant addition to their medical team with the appointment of Craig Roberts, a renowned expert in sports medicine, as their new Head of Performance Medicine.

According to, Roberts joins the Blues after eight successful years as Medical Director at AFC Bournemouth, where he played a pivotal role in the club's success on the pitch.

Roberts' impressive resume boasts over 15 years of experience in rugby union, working with top-tier teams such as the Sharks and the Springboks in his native South Africa. His expertise has earned him recognition and admiration from his peers, with Bournemouth's Chief Executive Neill Blake praising his "personality" and the impact he had on the team's performance.

In his new role at Chelsea, Roberts will be responsible for overseeing a revamped department comprising physios, performance specialists, and sports therapists. He takes over from Dimitrios Kalogiannidis, who departed the club in January after 14 years of service. With his extensive experience and expertise, Roberts is well-equipped to lead Chelsea's medical team to new heights, providing expert care and guidance to the players and staff.

Roberts' appointment marks a significant step forward for Chelsea's medical department, and fans can expect to see improved player welfare, injury management, and overall performance under his guidance. With his unique blend of international experience and domestic knowledge, Roberts is set to make a lasting impact on the club's success both on and off the pitch.

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