Chelsea gave an update on the availability of four players ahead of their fascinating Premier League match-up against Brentford tomorrow.
Information about the quartet in conversation was provided on the Fifth Stand app.
Silva no show
Although it was pretty much always guaranteed, the Blues confirmed Thiago Silva would not take part in Saturday’s fixture.
The 37-year-old played 90 minutes for Brazil in the early hours of this morning, meaning there was no chance of a quick flight back to London.
However, N’Golo Kante and Reece James have been ‘restored to readiness’, following their respective absences.
Kante came out of isolation last week after testing positive for covid.
He missed two Chelsea fixtures and France’s Nations League triumph.
James also sat out the pair of previous matches, plus his nation’s international outings, due to an ankle injury suffered against Manchester City.
After initially being called up to England – to Thomas Tuchel’s surprise – the full-back dropped out of the squad to continue his recovery at Cobham.
Rudi and Romelu
Both James and Kante’s return will be a big boost to Chelsea’s defensive structure, especially if Antonio Rudiger is ruled out.
Rudiger suffered a back problem whilst away with Germany, so a decision on his selection will probably be made last minute.
Another who experienced pain on their travels was Romelu Lukaku.
The striker pulled out of Belgian’s final Nations League tie due to muscle fatigue.
Yet, the Fifth Stand stated he ‘seems likely to play on Saturday as he has trained since’ re-joining the Blues medical department.
All will be revealed in Tuchel’s press conference later, but the early signs appear positive.