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Chelsea’s injury list and return dates before clash against BVB

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Chelsea will face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, although Graham Potter’s side will like to overturn their recent misery of form. But there is long list of injury of Chelsea players.

The Blues are unbeaten in Europe but have struggled in Premier League, currently sitting in 10th position.

Ben Chilwell started against West Ham after being absent for a long time and Reece James will also join the team after following his own period out. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of the Champions League squad and won’t be available for selection in Germany. His future is still uncertain at Stanford Bridge.

January Signing Benoît Badiashile will also miss the Champions League clash but Senegalese international, Kalidou Koulibaly is expected to return at Signal Iduna Park.

CHELSEA’S INJURY LIST:

RAHEEM STERLING

The English winger returned to action last week but sustained an injury in training before the match against West Ham.

Potter said:

“We’ve had a little setback with Raheem [Sterling] he had a little kick in training on the side of his knee, so we’re assessing him and he is doubtful for tomorrow.”

Injury: Knee

Possible return date: Unknown

MATEO KOVACIC

The Croatian was spotted training ahead of their clash against Hammers but missed the match at the London Stadium. However, Kovacic may soon return to the first team.

Potter said:

“Mateo [Kovacic] has trained with the team but it’s too soon for him.”

Injury: Calf

Possible return date: Borussia Dortmund (A) February 15.

N’GOLO KANTE

Kante has struggled due to injury throughout the season but has finally returned to individual training at Cobham. But, he may return to team training later this week.

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

Possible return date: Late February/ Early March.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Pulisic picked up a knee injury against Manchester City in Premier League earlier last month. Since that he has been out and nursing his injury.

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 still couple of months out.

“Pulisic 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

Possible return date: March

WESLEY FOFANA

The former Leicester City Player has missed the season due to injury and somewhat Blues have felt his absence. However, he was recently seen in training.

Potter said:

“Wesley [Fofana] has been part training partly with the team and he will be stepping it up next week.”

Injury: Knee

Possible return date: Borrusia Dortmund (A) February 15.

DENNIS ZAKARIA

The Chelsea Loanee has impressed everyone and as he made his way into the first team very quickly. But the Swiss midfielder picked up an injury against Fulham last month.

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

Possible return date: Borussia Dortmund (A) February 15.

EDOUARD MENDY

The Senegalese goalkeeper has undergone surgery on a fractured finger. He also missed the match against West Ham.

Injury: Finger

Possible return date: Unknown

ARMANDO BROJA

The Italian Striker suffered a knee injury against Aston Villa in a mid-season friendly match. However, he is expected to miss the rest of the season as the forward needs surgery to fix a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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

Possible return date: Next Season.

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