Plamer, Mudryk, Nkunku, Lavia, James, Chukwuemeka injury update and return dates

Latest Chelsea injury news as Mauricio Pochettino still has a number of fitness concerns heading into a clash with Tottenham

Cole Palmer of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on November 01, 2023 in London, England.

Cole Palmer appeared to pick up a knock in Chelsea’s win over Blackburn Rovers
Mauricio Pochettino will be without at least six Chelsea players for the visit to his former club Tottenham in the Premier League next Monday. The Blues’ plaguing injury concerns have continued from last season with Pochettino and his backroom team doing all they can to prevent more muscular issues from hampering his players.

Injury blows in the first few months of the season have been a regular occurrence for Chelsea, although Pochettino was handed a double boost in the 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn. Both Reece James and Benoit Badiashile have been out for the past few months but the duo were able to make a starting return at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Enzo Fernandez was also back from the issue that saw him miss the weekend defeat to Brentford, however a fresh Cole Palmer issue may have arisen ahead of the London derby against Spurs. With that said, football.london has compiled all the latest injury news from west London ahead of Pochettino’s return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Cole Palmer

Cole Palmer was spotted hobbling in the second half of the Carabao Cup win over Blackburn. The 21-year-old was on the field until the 86th minute by which stage he looked to have overcome a kick to the ankle that saw him moving gingerly and trying not to put too much pressure on his foot. An impact injury is likely and Pochettino will likely confirm his status in his pre-Tottenham press conference today.

Possible return date: Tottenham (A) Monday, November 6

 

Mykhailo Mudryk

Mudryk was also absent from the matchday squad to face Brentford at the weekend. The 22-year-old winger is currently nursing a minor knock and Pochettino will be desperate to reintegrate him into the starting lineup to play Tottenham on Monday. However, that hope suffered a slight setback with the Ukraine international not in the matchday squad against Blackburn.

What Pochettino said: “Mudryk, maybe [available to face Blackburn].”

Possible return date: Tottenham (A) Monday, November 6

 

Reece James

After two cameo appearances from the bench, Reece James made his first start in over two months against Blackburn in the Carabao Cup. The Blues captain made it to 61 minutes before being replaced by Malo Gusto with the club captain posting to his Instagram story to mark his return.

What Pochettino said: “The plan was to check at half-time how he feels. After 15 minutes he started to feel tired and the second half he was a little bit tired and we need to be careful how we manage him. In that moment we made a change. It’s important now, the progression to be careful and not to go back. We cannot avoid 100% risk but the plan is to go little by little.”

What James said: “Long ass 3 months since I started, but good to get more minutes in the legs. thanks for the continued support. onto the quarter final. see you on monday night [salute emoji].”

Possible return date: Returned

 

Christopher Nkunku

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: “Nkunku, no [not available to face Blackburn].”

Possible return date: Newcastle United (A) – Saturday, November 25

 

Armando Broja

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: Tottenham (A) Monday, November 6

 

Romeo Lavia

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

 

Trevoh Chalobah

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

 

Carney Chukwuemeka

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

 

Ben Chilwell

Chilwell suffered a knock towards the end of Chelsea’s clash with Brighton in the Carabao Cup at the end of September. Unfortunately for the Blues defender, the club quickly realised that the muscle issue was worse than first thought and, a month later, he’s still out of action.

What Pochettino said: “I can not tell you [when he will be back]. It is difficult to know. He is away from the training ground now and we will wait for him to come back to see the situation. Hopefully, he can recover as soon as possible.”

Possible return date: December

 

Wesley Fofana

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

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