Chelsea injury news with the latest from the Blues treatment room including updates on Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk
Mauricio Pochettino is still working with a depleted number of Chelsea players even if some of his stars are gradually returning. Against Brentford it was yet more trouble though as both Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk were left out at late notice.
Reece James made another appearance but was only able to come on from the bench once more whilst Benoit Badiashile still awaits his introduction to life under Pochettino. Carney Chukwuemeka is yet to return either despite making the bench before the international break against Burnley, he has had another setback in his recovery.
This is to add onto the long list of players that are out for the long-term including Christopher Nkunku and Wesley Fofana. It’s Blackburn up next for the Blues in the Carabao Cup and a chance to rest some of those that have been overburdened with minutes due to the lack of squad depth.
Chelsea’s midfield maestro was a big miss from the squad against Brentford having played in every other game so far this season. His partner gave birth to their second child earlier in the week which had raised speculation that he would miss the game for that reason but his manager explained before kick-off that there had been a fitness issue as well.
What Pochettino said: “Yesterday, both Enzo [Fernandez] and [Mykhailo] Mudryk felt a small muscle issue but hopefully for the next game, they’ll be available.
“Misha (Mudryk) as well, we’ll miss both but we have a big squad and we’ll find the solutions.”
Possible return date: Blackburn (H) – November 1
Mudryk was another that was a surprise name not on the teamsheet at 11:30am on Saturday after going through his best patch of form in a Chelsea shirt. He had been struggling with knocks before and during the last international break but was deemed fit enough to start last week against Arsenal.
Noni Madueke replaced Mudryk in the starting lineup but failed to have the impact he had hoped for whilst on the pitch. It was his first league start of the season. Mudryk has since posted on social media with a prayer emoji and timer emoji alongside an image of himself on Instagram.
What Pochettino said: “Yesterday, both Enzo [Fernandez] and [Mykhailo] Mudryk felt a small muscle issue but hopefully for the next game, they’ll be available. Misha (Mudryk) as well, we’ll miss both but we have a big squad and we’ll find the solutions.”
Possible return date: Blackburn (H) – November 1
Nkunku is still yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea following his transfer from RB Leipzig in the summer. The 25-year-old was dealt a major blow to his knee during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.
He has taken his recovery programme to the next level– for the very first time since the summer, Nkunku was spotted outside on the training pitches at Cobham in his Chelsea gear. Now, Pochettino has hinted that the France international could return to action after the November international break.
What Pochettino said: “He is doing well. I think he is close, I hope he can be involved soon. Maybe after the international break. Not sure.”
Possible return date: Newcastle United (A) – Saturday, November 25
Broja was omitted from the matchday squad to face Arsenal last weekend. He is currently being assessed for an irritation on his knee and it’s unclear when he will return,.
What Pochettino said: “Broja wasn’t available and to decide to play with Nico after the surgery on his wrist, it was to find a different way to play in our principles but I think to change the strategy to attack.”
Possible return date: Blackburn Rovers (H) – Wednesday, November 1
According to the Mail, Lavia is expected to remain out of action until late November despite having taken promising steps towards a full recovery. The report states that the Belgian was able to take off his protective boot last week and he’s since begun his rehabilitation programme at Cobham training ground.
The Mail adds that a return in November is viewed as ‘optimistic’. It’s believed that the west Londoners are cautious of rushing him back ahead of schedule, meaning that Lavia may not return until early December.
What Pochettino said: “I cannot tell you [when he will be back] but he is still not running. After the international break he will not be back.”
Possible return date: Late November to early December
Chelsea issued an official statement confirming that Chalobah picked up a knock ahead of the clash against Arsenal. The defender has been nursing a thigh injury this season.
Possible return date: November
Chelsea issued an official statement confirming that Carney Chukwuemeka had picked up a knock ahead of the meeting with Arsenal. He had made the bench against Burnley but has since hit another setback and is yet to play again this season.
The teenager has struggled with a knee problem despite only recently returning to full first-team training at Cobham. It is not certain how long he will be out for.
Possible return date: Unknown
Pochettino previously admitted that he is unsure when Chilwell will return to action. football.london understands it is now likely to be around two months before he is seen again.
What Pochettino said: “It is difficult. I am no doctor and I cannot tell you what you are asking me. I think it is about judging day by day and we cannot say the period he will be out.”
Possible return date: December
Fofana is set to miss most of the season after rupturing his ACL in pre-season training ahead of the tour of America.
Possible return date: April 2024