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James, Chilwell, Sterling – Chelsea injury news and expected return dates ahead of Fulham clash

Chelsea have suffered a plethora of injuries to key players in recent times.

The likes of Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been sidelined at various times this season, although Graham Potter’s side have been boosted by Chilwell, James, Sterling and Fofana all returning to training.

The Blues have also brought in several new players to the squad during the January transfer window, bringing in talented Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk and Portuguese attacker Joao Felixamongst others. The west London outfit are next in action when they face Fulham on February 3 at Stamford Bridge and football.london takes you through all the Blues injury news and updates ahead of that Premier League fixture.

Trevoh Chalobah

Chalobah was forced off after going down off-the-ball against Liverpool and it has since been confirmed that he was merely suffering from cramp. He received treatment from the club physio and was replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta in the final 10 minutes of action.

What Potter said: “I don’t know to be honest. I’ve had to come out and speak to you guys.”

Injury: Cramp

Expected return date: Fulham – February 3

Reece James

James suffered a knee injury in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over AC Milan last year following a collision with Theo Hernandez. Then, upon his return after the World Cup, he pulled up against Bournemouth triggering another injury.

The 23-year-old returned to the pitches at Cobham ahead of the defeat to Fulham, but he was still training alone. Then, ahead of the tie with Liverpool, he first began to feature in first-team training again.

Still, Chelsea are hopeful of James featuring in some capacity for their next Premier League fixture against Fulham on February 3.

What Potter said: “The boys are progressing well. Reece [James] has joined team training but won’t be involved at the weekend [against Liverpool].”

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: Fulham – February 3

Ben Chilwell

Over the last few days, Chilwell has also been pictured back in first-team training again. The defender has missed large parts of the season so he’ll be keen to return to match fitness and help Chelsea’s chances of claiming a place in the top four.

Chelsea are also hopeful of Chilwell featuring against Fulham too.

What Potter said: “The boys are progressing well. Reece [James] has joined team training but won’t be involved at the weekend. Same for Ben Chilwell.”

Injury: Thigh

Expected return date: Fulham – February 3

N’Golo Kante

Kante has suffered an injury-ridden campaign this far but the midfielder has finally returned to the pitches at Cobham, albeit training alone. The Frenchman is getting closer to full fitness but, until he joins the first-team group, a debut under Potter is left to be desired.

What Potter said: “N’Golo did his first couple of days out training on his own but there is still a long, long way to go.”

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return date: Early March

Wesley Fofana

Having missed most of the season so far, former Leicester man Wesley Fofana’s influence at the back has been somewhat felt in his absence. However, in a huge boost to the Blues and the defender himself, it appears as though a return is just around the corner, having been pictured in training again.

According to the Evening Standard, Fofana is hoping to make his return within the next fortnight. The French defender has now been spotted taking part in first team training, but may not be available for selection against Fulham

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: West Ham (A) – February 11

Denis Zakaria

The Chelsea loanee has impressed in recent weeks, forcing his way into the first-team after a slow start to his career at Stamford Bridge. However, in a huge blow to the side, he was forced off after 56 minutes in the defeat to Fulham and has handed a major blow to Potter’s midfield options.

What Potter said: “Denis is going to be probably four weeks. It’s the top of his quad and that is a blow for us. Hopefully, he can return sooner.”

Injury: Thigh

Expected return date: February

Christian Pulisic

Pulisic was subbed off with an injury in the Premier League defeat to Manchester City, coming off worse in a tackle by John Stones. The United States international was visibly distressed as he went down twice following the challenge.

He was eventually replaced by Carney Chukwuemeka and also was absent from the matchday squad for the FA Cup clash against City. He is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

What Potter said: “No chance, no, he will be out past that [January transfer deadline] and there was never any consideration about him leaving anyway. He is a couple of months out.

“He is disappointed but he is optimistic about coming back quicker than two months. He is in that phase where he is keeping his fingers crossed and hoping his rehab goes well.”

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: March

Raheem Sterling

Sterling was replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inside the opening couple of minutes in the same fixture Chelsea lost Pulisic. The 28-year-old winger fell to the floor with a grimace on his face following a collision with John Stones.

However, Sterling is now expected to step up his recovery from his hamstring injury in the coming days, football.london understands and it is hope

d that he can return to team training by the start of next week. The England international has now returned to the grass and will take part in light individual training with a view to return to Potter’s squad in the coming weeks, the club confirmed on Thursday.

What Potter said: “Raheem less [than Pulisic] but we’re still evaluating the extent of it. Hopefully less than that, though.”

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return date: West Ham (A) – February 11

Edouard Mendy

Chelsea confirmed that Mendy had undergone an operation on a fractured finger sustained during training, meaning he will be absent from the squad in the coming games.

The Senegalese shot-stopper missed the Bournemouth match and didn’t even make the bench against Forest. He had previously come back from international duty in October with an injury but played for his club since then despite being replaced as No.1 by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Injury: Finger

Expected return date: Unknown

Armando Broja

Having pulled up nastily in the side’s mid-season friendly against Aston Villa, Armando Broja could be heard reeling in pain as his knee injury more than definitely curtailed his 22/23 season. Having made quite the impression under Potter, it was a sad blow for the former Southampton loanee.

What Potter said: ”It was just an unfortunate action. He got caught up with their player and the ground. It doesn’t look positive at the moment but it’s too early to say. Fingers crossed but it is an awkward one.”

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: Summer/Autumn 2023

 

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Chelsea set to be without 5 injured players for Arsenal clash

Graham Potter gave an injury update on Ben Chilwell, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Denis Zakaria ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

Despite having already topped their Champions League group, Chelsea opted to name a relatively strong side against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

That ended up having consequences, as Ben Chilwell and Denis Zakaria seemingly went off with injuries. After the game, Chelsea boss Graham Potter revealed that it was likely bad news for Chilwell, but not for Zakaria.

“Obviously, when [Chilwell] pulls up like that it’s a concern,” Potter admitted. “Obviously, we need to scan it but it’s not positive at the moment.

“To see him pull up like that, it’s not a great sight. So fingers crossed when we get it scanned it isn’t too bad. It can be not as severe but we have to cross our fingers at the moment.

“[Zakaria] just got a kick. Just the contact. He was fine. No problems with him.”

The other piece of injury news related to one of Wednesday’s absentees, Kepa Arrizabalaga. Potter ruled the goalkeeper out of the Arsenal clash on Sunday, but he played down fears raised by the sight of the Spaniard on crutches.

“He won’t be okay for Sunday,” Potter confirmed. “It’s only precautionary in terms of keeping the weight off it, the bottom of his foot. He is progressing well.”

Chelsea have a few other players out at the moment, with Wesley Fofana, Reece James, and N’Golo Kante all set to miss the Arsenal clash.

However, Mateo Kovacic should be available again, as he was only absent against Dinamo Zagreb as a precaution.

In summary, it looks like Chilwell, Kepa, Fofana, James, and Kante will all miss the Arsenal match. Kovacic should be available to start, whilst Zakaria is also likely to be fit for the squad, but may not start given Wednesday was only his debut for Chelsea.

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Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana: Chelsea handed huge injury boost ahead of Champions League clash vs AC Milan

Graham Potter has been handed a huge boost ahead of Chelsea’s clash with AC Milan with the Blues set to welcome back a number of first-team players. One of whom is Thiago Silva, who was one of seven to have been rested against Wolves following the 3-0 win over the Italian giants at Stamford Bridge midweek.

The west Londoners will still be without Wesley Fofana, who suffered a knee strain against the Rossoneri and will be out for up to four weeks. But, Trevoh Chalobah has impressed in his absence and could be set to feature at the San Siro on Tuesday.

Chelsea have a wealth of attacking options at Potter’s disposal, with many beginning to strike some momentum. Christian Pulisic, Armando Broja and Kai Havertz all found the net at the weekend and will be eager to build upon their a rich vein of form.

But, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are ready and waiting in the ranks. So, with that being said, football.london has taken a look at the injury dilemmas Potter has contend with ahead of Chelsea’s clash with AC Milan.

Wesley Fofana

According to French news outlet L’Equipe, Fofana suffered a sprained knee and is set to miss up to four weeks of action. Daily Telegraph journalist Matt Law has also confirmed the news that the French centre-back will be fit again before the 2022 World Cup in November.

What Potter said: “Obviously, we missed Wesley [Fofana] and Mateo Kovacic, three games in a week for him would’ve been too much as he has been nursing a knee problem.”

Expected return date: November 2022

The defender was a surprise absentee from the squad, despite not having picked up a noticeable injury during the full 90 minutes he played midweek against his former side.

However, Potter explained post-match that the 38-year-old played through that game with an illness that had obviously got slightly worse ahead of Saturday’s victory.

What Potter said: “Thiago [Silva] had a heavy cold at the start of the week but played against Milan. Two days to recover is really short for him, so we didn’t want to take the chance there.”

Expected return date: AC Milan (A), October 11

Reece James

The right-back came on as a second-half substitute as the Three Lions international was replaced in the starting XI by Cesar Azpilicueta, but there was a certain reason for that, as the manager revealed post-match.

What Potter said: “Reece James had a dead leg that wasn’t fully recovered yesterday, so we wanted to give him a bit of extra time and use him at the back end of the game rather than the start.”

Expected return date: AC Milan (A), October 11

Ben Chilwell

Another name absent from the starting line-up for Wolves was the left-back who impressed like many others did against AC Milan.

But with his ACL injury still in mind, Potter didn’t want to risk any silly injuries when he had Marc Cucurella fit and available for this one.

What Potter said: “Ben Chilwell playing three games in a week after recovering from an ACL injury. That wouldn’t have been the smartest thing to do to put him out there, especially when we’ve got Marc Cucurella.”

Expected return date: AC Milan (A), October 11

Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Both players were rested, replaced by Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz, respectively, as Potter wanted to rest his unused big hitters for the crucial midweek trip to Italy.

What Potter said: “Raheem [Sterling] has had a load of football this season, so we thought it would be good for him to have a breather and help us at the back end of the game if we needed him. It’s similar with Auba [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang]. Even though he is in a great moment and forwards rely on rhythm, he hasn’t had that much football previous to coming to Chelsea and has had an injury.

“It felt like today was a good chance to give him a breather, and if we needed him at the back end of the game, we could’ve used him. That was the thinking process.”

Expected return date: AC Milan (A), October 11

N’Golo Kante

Kante is back in full Chelsea training. Didier Deschamps left the 31-year-old out of his France squad for fixtures against Austria and Denmark over the course of the international break, allowing time for him to work on his fitness. However, he is still not match-ready after missing the game against Milan.

What Potter said: “NG is training more and more. Not fully, but getting closer. That is really positive. That’s about it, I think.”

Expected return date: Unknown

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Ousmane Dembele arrives, Ben Chilwell backup – Todd Boehly’s dream Chelsea transfer window

Chelsea’s preparations for the forthcoming transfer window have been put on hold owing to Roman Abramovich’s penalties from March.

After the UK Government authorized the sale of the club to Todd Boehly’s partnership on Wednesday, the Blues might revive their dormant hopes.

Thomas Tuchel must revamp Chelsea’s roster before the 2022/23 season. Defense, midfield, and attack all require additional investment, and ensuring the first window of the new era runs well will be difficult given Chelsea’s position.

After Bobby Vincent’s ideal window, which you can read here, I will exclude Jules Kounde and Declan Rice from my list since both are clear to most Chelsea supporters and will be on most lists.

I’m considering three names that would enhance the team at important positions, bring fresh qualities in places that need them, and guarantee the Blues are spending wisely, while also enabling Cobham talent to shine.

Ousmane Dembele

If he joins the Blues this summer, he’ll be the biggest name on this list. Since January, sources have said the French winger won’t sign a new deal with Barcelona.

Dembele’s injury history at Barcelona made me first sceptical. Since February, he’s scored 12 goals and become a lethal right-winger.

Tuchel needs a creative maverick to boost the productivity of his present assault. With the possibility of him leaving Barca on a free, the investment doesn’t seem crazy for a player that bonded with Tuchel in Dortmund.

Borna Sosa

As much as Chelsea needs starters, they also need backup and rotational alternatives after injuries limited Tuchel’s choices during the winter. Tuchel wants mobile wingbacks who can keep up the pressure and stretch deep-lying defences.

Chelsea is reportedly watching Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa this season. If Romelu Lukaku stays at Chelsea, Sosa’s crossing might be vital. Sosa’s stats aren’t much different from Ben Chilwell’s.

His rate of shot-creating actions (3.71) is significantly lower than Chilwell’s pre-injury 2.86, but he beats Chilwell for progressive passes and carries.

Gleison Bremer

After Antonio Rudiger’s departure, Chelsea needs a left-sided defender more than ever.

Levi Colwill’s promotion seems obvious, but adding an experienced, diverse head may boost choices. As a combative centre-back who has played on the left of a back three this season, Bremer would presumably replace Rudiger.

Bremer has played across a back-five for Torino and is one of Serie A’s strongest. He’s been linked with a plethora of teams this summer and might be another wise signing from Italy following Rudiger from Roma in 2017.

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Ben Chilwell returns to Chelsea first-team training

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell continued his return on Tuesday by training with the first team.

Chilwell hasn’t played since a 4-0 win against Juventus in November. He resisted surgery for a long time but eventually got it, ending his season.

He spent a couple of weeks with the academy before returning to first-team training on Tuesday.

Chilwell’s return drew a round of applause from his teammates and manager Thomas Tuchel.

Chilwell will not be back until 2022/23.

Due to surgery, Chilwell will miss the first few weeks of the new season, but he should be back in a few months.

As Marcos Alonso contemplating leaving Chelsea, the club may need a new left-back this summer. He is in the last year of his contract, and Barcelona is interested in both him and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Ivan Perisic, whose Inter contract ends this summer, has held talks with the Blues.

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“He has trained” – Thomas Tuchel provides Ben Chilwell injury update

Some positive news has emerged on Wednesday afternoon, as Chelsea prepares to face Leeds United in the Premier League tonight.

Ben Chilwell has been missing for the whole season, and his absence has been a big blow to the club.

He has been slowly but surely recovering from his injuries over the last four months, while simultaneously managing to retain a positive attitude after successful surgery.

Chelsea’s left wing-back has been much missed by head coach Thomas Tuchel, but he’ll be back on the pitch for the Blues in no time. According to the most current update on the issue supplied by the boss himself, it seems that this will occur sooner rather than later. This season, on the other hand, will come much too quickly.

Tuchel has claimed that Chilwell has begun working with the Chelsea junior teams and that he will be back in full senior training with the club soon, according to Chelsea’s 5th Stand App, which is noted below by Absolute Chelsea.

 

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Rice signs, Kounde deal, Pulisic decision: How Chelsea dream rebuild looks with £298m overhaul

Chelsea are closing in on one of the most significant transfer windows in the club’s history, and it will be here before we know it. Despite the fact that the west London club is embroiled in a takeover crisis, Thomas Tuchel will be looking to add to his squad in the coming summer.

Consequently, we looked into what the Blues’ ideal 25-man team might look like at the start of the next campaign. Whatever the case may be with Declan Rice, Romelu Lukaku, or Callum Hudson-Odoi, difficult choices will need to be made.

Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy, Nathan Baxter, and Marcus Bettinelli

Edouard Mendy has played a crucial role in the bulk of Chelsea’s victories since joining from Rennes in 2020 for a bargain-basement £22 million. The 30-year-old shot-stopper has developed into one of the world’s best goalkeepers, and his inclusion in Thomas Tuchel’s 25-man roster should come as no surprise.

We hear that Juventus are keeping eyes on Kepa Arrizabalaga in the hopes of bringing him in on loan, while Maurizio Sarri is still open to the prospect of rejoining with the goalkeeper at Lazio, as football.london has learned. The Spanish club Barcelona has also shown an interest in signing the player, but nothing concrete is anticipated to happen until they get an attractive offer for their first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Given this, Chelsea could try to unload the Spaniard and bring in loanee Nathan Baxter to serve as a backup to Mendy. In an interview with The League of 72, which can be seen on YouTube, Baxter said that he is ready to compete for a starting position.

The 23-year-old expressed himself as follows: “From my perspective, I feel I am talented enough to play for Chelsea, and that continues to be my ambition. However, if it is determined that this is not the best path ahead for me, the [Hull] supporters will be able to see how much I like playing for this football club.

“However, from my perspective, it is all about having fun with games. In the event that I am forced to transfer somewhere, whether on loan or on a permanent basis, my first aim is to find a club where I can play every week.”

Defenders; Reece James, Dujon Sterling, Ben Chilwell, Ian Maatsen, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Levi Colwill, Jules Kounde, Josko Gvardiol, Ethan Ampadu

A large portion of Chelsea’s defensive line speaks for itself heading into next season. With Dujon Sterling, Ian Maatsen, Ethan Ampadu, and Levi Colwill all returning from loan spells in the summer, the four can provide Tuchel with a nice balance across a variety of positions.

A pair of statement acquisitions to give insurance for Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen would also be beneficial to the west Londoners in the short term. According to the CIES Football Observatory, Kounde and Gvardiol, both of whom Chelsea have been prominently associated with recently, would boost Tuchel’s choices while also adding to a long-term project estimated to cost an estimate £79 million minimum.

Midfielders: Declan Rice, Aurelien Tchouameni, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Conor Gallagher

A perfect scenario would be one in which the new Chelsea owners bring in both Rice and Tchouameni to the club. However, with a combined worth of £119 million and a slew of other circumstances beyond of the Blues’ control, it is improbable that this will happen. Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, both of whom have performed well this season, both deserve to be included in Tuchel’s squad.

According to sources, Jorginho’s future at Chelsea is becoming more questionable, with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, and Juventus all all interested in signing him. Meanwhile, Saul Niguez wll return to Atletico Madrid and Ross Barkley has been given a way out of his current predicament.

Forwards: Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Armando Broja, and Ousmane Dembele

Tuchel’s ability to keep hold of Havertz, Mount, and Ziyech will be critical in his success next season. Chelsea should be motivated to spend wisely this summer, given the speculation surrounding the departures of Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, and Christian Pulisic.

It will be critical to have Broja included in the 25-man roster. Dembele, who has been extensively linked with a move to Chelsea, would be an excellent addition if he were to become available on a free transfer.

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Shocking injury stats show how Chelsea first team was slashed

Chelsea have been severely hampered by injury this season, and a look at the numbers reveals that the situation is considerably worse than we had anticipated.

Out of a possible 34 starts this season, Reece James has made only 18 of them. Mateo Kovacic has 14 points, while Ben Chilwell has just six.

Between the three of them, they have made 54 out of a possible 102 Premier League appearances. The three of them are at the heart of the team’s inventiveness, and without them, the manager would have been obliged to overhaul the system rather than just modifying his current routines.

And that’s not even taking into consideration the injuries and Covid issues that have deprived us of other players during the season.

It’s impossible to predict where we would have finished the season if all three players had been available for all 34 games, but we can be fairly certain that we would have finished much higher in the standings and felt much more optimistic about the season overall if they had all been available.

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Ben Chilwell return date confirmed as Thomas Tuchel sent major Chelsea boost amid injury crisis

Ben Chilwell has reached the next stage in his rehabilitation after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the football season. The injury occurred during the second half of the stunning Champions League victory against Juventus in November, and the left-back has been out since.

According to the team’s medical staff, he will miss the remainder of the season, dealing Thomas Tuchel’s side a significant blow in their pursuit of the Premier League championship and effort to retain Chelsea’s European crown. Chilwell appeared in 12 games for the Blues previous to his absence, and he was directly involved in the scoring of four goals.

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The 25-year-old was instrumental in much of the West London club’s early-season success, scoring three goals in as many games. Chilwell had a solid bond with Reece James, something Marcos Alonso has failed to match since taking over.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have been forced to mourn the loss of the England international as a result of his injury. Last month, the club’s official Instagram account shared a snapshot of Chilwell working out on the training field with the caption: “Upping those fitness levels! @benchilwell.” Chilwell has been a key player for the team this season.

While the exact date of the defender’s comeback is yet uncertain, the news of his return to the field is heartening. According to Goal, Chilwell is scheduled to begin training with the school next week as the next phase in his recuperation.

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He has been assigned to the development team and is now completing his last on-pitch solo sessions at Cobham, as previously stated. During his recuperation, Chilwell has been involved in ball training as well as being present in and around the first team group.

Chelsea are hopeful that he will be fit for pre-season, according to Goal, as the west Londoners prepare to go to the United States for the first time. Meanwhile, Chilwill made an unexpected cameo at Christian Pulisic’s post-match press conference with the Chelsea club media after the Blues’ 1-0 victory against West Ham United on Sunday.

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Edouard Mendy, Trevoh Chalobah, Christian Pulisic – Latest Chelsea injury news ahead of vital Real Madrid clash

Chelsea will host Real Madrid on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge in what is shaping up to be a critical match in the Blues’ season thus far. Having been brutally thrashed by Brentford over the weekend, Thomas Tuchel’s squad will be looking to put that setback behind them when they take on Los Blancos on Tuesday.

Chelsea were startled on Saturday as Thomas Frank’s squad strolled to a 4-1 victory against the European Champions at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had been favored to win the match. By the conclusion of the game, Vitaly Janelt had scored two goals and Christian Eriksen had netted his first goal for the Bees, and the late goal by Yoane Wissa had all but assured Frank’s squad of a spot in the Premier League this weekend.

After a long-range thunderbolt from Toni Rudiger in the second half, Chelsea seized the lead. However, the Blues were unable to maintain their advantage and suffered their worst loss of the season. In the wake of six straight wins, Chelsea faltered and lost attention and discipline, prompting manager Thomas Tuchel to be disappointed but not terrified after all of the buyout talk.

He said: “After so many wins and so many good results, I will now refuse to make a drama out of it… why should we? Brentford made a lot of the 10 minutes we gave them.

“After the third goal, we had a disallowed goal, a pressing situation against the goalkeeper, and another big chance from Kai Havertz. We missed all three of them and there was a feeling that it wasn’t our day. So it’s a mixture of everything.

“I don’t know why that has happened. We gave a big chance straight away after our goal, and then the next one was a goal. From there, we did not defend maturely enough. We were not aware of the danger in these moments which is also very strange for us. We got punished. They made the most of these 10 minutes which is maybe not normal.

“So it’s a summary of strange events but it’s on us and it’s our fault. I would not rely on it being destiny or it happens. We will dig in and try to find out why it was like this. There are some reasons which we can put on us and we will analyse and digest it. There is nothing else. It’s hard to take because it’s very unusual for us what happened today – so we will refocus on Monday.”

In the aftermath of Reece James’ return to action, Tuchel and his club will have a stronger roster to pick from when they face Real Madrid. We’ve collated the most current Chelsea injury news ahead of the club’s Champions League quarter-final showdown against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Edouard Mendy

He acted absolutely out of character during Saturday’s game against the Senegalese national team. As a result of his shoddy play early on, he was forced to leave the field with what seemed to be a knee injury midway through the first half and get treatment. He was able to finish the whole 90 minutes, and Chelsea fans will be glad that he did not sustain an injury as a consequence of whatever incident caused the discomfort for the Blues’ number 16 during the game.

Tuchel said: “Actually, I have to watch it again. I think it is an unthankful game for a goalkeeper. Also, for him, he has a lot to process. That’s why he goes and plays these tight matches – a rematch of the African Cup Final to qualify for the Qatar World Cup. He does another penalty shootout, and he can feel it. He is part of the team and unfortunately, he couldn’t help us like he did in the first match.

“We have nobody injured.”

Trevoh Chalobah

Following returning from the international break, it came as a surprise to see Thiago Silva sit out the first half, given the short turnaround time after the break.

Therefore, his exclusion from the starting lineup was simply tactical in nature rather than a consequence of an injury, and it is possible that Nathanial’s sibling may make his competitive debut against Carlo Ancelotti’s team on Wednesday night.

Tuchel said: “Just selection, we decided to play with a back four, and we chose our four central defenders.”

Christian Pulisic

Having returned a day later than Thiago Silva, the Brazilian was able to start against Brentford while the aforementioned winger was rested fully as a precaution, which may be seen as a good trend in the team’s overall recovery.

Having played a key role in the triumph against Real Madrid last season, Pulisic will be looking to have the same impact this time around after obtaining more recuperation time than the rest of his colleagues.

What Tuchel has said pre-Brentford: “Thiago is a bit different than Christian because he didn’t play the third match for Brazil. He came back one day earlier and didn’t have the same jet lag. For Christian, we have to decide. He didn’t train today. We gave him a recovery session. He was here but very tired with the jet lag and time difference. So we have to figure out of it makes sense to play him tomorrow and for how many minutes.”

Andreas Christensen

Despite the fact that he had been selected to Denmark’s international squad, Christensen was keen to pull out from his international obligations. Due to an injury sustained in the second leg of Chelsea’s Champions League Round of 16 encounter against Lille, the midfielder was forced to sit out the match for his country and return to Chelsea for training earlier this week.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Hudson-Odoi only managed to make one appearance in the month of February due to an Achilles ailment he was battling with at the time. When it comes to the academy graduate, there are no second chances, which isn’t unexpected considering that a damaged Achilles tendon slowed his development earlier this year.

What Tuchel has said: “Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell will miss the game tomorrow. Callum still feels his Achilles a little bit and has some lower back problems. Everyone else was in training.”

Ben Chilwell

A cruciate ligament injury in Chilwell’s knee has been verified, and he is expected to miss the balance of the season as a result. Following an impressive start to the season, he will not be available until the summer, despite having a promising first season.