Chelsea have received a welcome boost amid the busy festive schedule with Trevoh Chalobah and N’Golo Kante reportedly returning to first team training on Tuesday.
The pair have been sidelined for different reasons in recent weeks but are expected to be available for selection against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Chalobah and Kante may not start the game as they are not fully fit, but their return will be a much-needed boost for Tuchel, whose side has suffered an injury crisis in recent weeks.
The midfield has been hit particularly hard, with Mateo Kovacic returning from a hamstring problem only to deliver a positive COVID-19 test result and Jorginho also carrying a knee problem along with Kante on the bench.
Chelsea fans will also be pleased to know that Chilwell has also stepped up his recovery and done some light fitness work on grass.
The England left-back sustained a knee injury during the Blues’ 4-0 victory over Juventus last month and he is hoping to return in the middle of January.
Chelsea kept in touch with leaders Manchester City by edging out Leeds last time out to move quickly past their 3-2 loss at West Ham.
Jorginho buried both of Chelsea’s spot-kicks to dig Thomas Tuchel’s men out of trouble, and set their Premier League title bid back on track.
And Antonio Rudiger has called on Chelsea to stop sabotaging themselves with defensive mistakes
“In terms of mentality we matched their game, in terms of quality, no, because the goals we conceded were too easy,” Rudiger told Chelsea’s official club website.
“These days we concede a lot of goals that are too easy and we have to address this. We know we need to improve things as quickly as possible.
“We make silly mistakes, we punish ourselves and give away goals. It’s not that the opponents are killing us or outplaying us.
“Obviously we are missing players, this is clear, but I don’t look for excuses.”