Chelsea injury news and return dates ahead of Everton clash| SolSportHQ

Chelsea injury news and return dates ahead of Everton clash| All Football

Chelsea injury news and return dates ahead of Everton clash| SolSportHQ

Chelsea injury news: One of the Blues’ most important players is nearing a return as Chelsea prepare to face Everton on Saturday

Chelsea will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce when they host relegation-threatened Everton on Saturday. This will be the Blues’ final game before the international break, and Graham Potter’s outfit could complete an exemplary March after an incredibly troubling start to the year.

This clash is the reverse fixture from the opening match of the season, which the visitors won 1-0 courtesy of a Jorginho penalty. Fast forward the best part of seven months and things look rather different in both camps.

While Potter replaced the outgoing Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, and welcomed a whole host of new signings along the way, the Toffees will also have a new man in the dugout after Sean Dyche took the hot seat from Frank Lampard. Chelsea’s recent upturn in form has coincided with the return of some key individuals in their squad, most notably Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling.

However, despite the return of these important players, Potter remains without several regular starters. Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thiago Silva – as well as Sterling and James – all missed the win over Leicester City last weekend.

Mendy finally made his return to training on Tuesday, pictured alongside his fellow goalkeepers Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcus Bettinelli.

Injury: Finger

Expected return date: Late March/April

Mason Mount has struggled to break into the first-team in recent weeks. The midfielder has missed a number of games after suffering with an issue in his lower abdomen. Mount has been in and out of training, but returned on Tuesday along with a number of other teammates.

What Potter said: “Mason’s had a problem with his lower abdomen area, the bone, so he’ll miss the game tomorrow [against Leeds]. We hope it won’t be too long but tomorrow will be too soon.”

Injury: Lower abdomen

Expected return date: Everton (H) – Saturday, March 18.

In the clash with Leicester, Ricardo Pereira was pictured tussling with Felix in a ‘disgusting’ manner. The Foxes defender appeared to plant the underside of his boot onto the Chelsea star’s right ankle, causing him quite considerable pain.

Andre Marriner, the on-field referee, did not deem Pereira’s challenge to be a foul nor did VAR, who didn’t check the altercation. Felix, who was subject to a number of fouls on Saturday afternoon, was then taken off at half-time but Potter has clarified it was a tactical decision.

What Potter has said: “No [he did not pick up an injury], just tactically, I wanted to use an extra midfielder. I felt we needed someone who could ball win, a different profile and I thought Conor was fantastic when he came on.”

Injury: N/A

Expected return date: Everton (H) March 18.

What Potter has said: “Reece [James] has been ill so hasn’t trained today. He won’t make the game tomorrow.”

Injury: Illness

Expected return date: Everton (H) March 18.

What Potter has said: “Raheem [Sterling] has had a little feeling in his hamstring, tightness if anything, so he’s looking doubtful.”

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return date: Everton (H) – Saturday, March 18.

The chances of Aubameyang winning a spot back in the Chelsea team have taken another hit with the veteran forward suffering from a problem in his back. The Blues frontline is beginning to take shape with Kai Havertz bagging another goal this weekend and returned to training on Tuesday.

What Potter has said: “[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang has a slight problem with his back and he’s looking likely he will miss the game.”

Injury: Back

Expected return date: Everton (H) – Saturday, March 18.

Kante, who sees his contract at Chelsea expire in the summer, is yet to feature under Potter after suffering a hamstring injury against Tottenham in August. The midfielder has recently returned to first-team training but is yet to be included on the team sheet.

It remains to be seen exactly how long it will take for him to return to full fitness but his return will be a hugely welcome boost and could come against Everton.

What Potter said: “He won’t be – still needs more time to build up. We aiming maybe for Everton. Unfortunately, not for tomorrow.”

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return date: Everton (H) – Saturday, March 18.

Azpilicueta sustained a concussion against Southampton following a collision with striker Sekou Mara. The defender left the pitch on a stretcher and was taken to hospital but he’s on the mend now as he eyes a return. He was at the stadium against Tottenham but not as part of the matchday squad.

Both Dortmund and Leicester were also too soon for the Chelsea captain, with more time needed before he can return.

What Potter said: “Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] has made progress but is not through protocols after a head injury like that.”

Injury: Concussion

Expected return date: March

Silva was forced off with a knee injury in the Blues’ clash with Tottenham. The following Tuesday, Chelsea released a statement detailing his diagnosis.

What Potter said: “Thiago will be around that time [six weeks], not sure exactly.”

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: April

He looked to be in considerable pain and was seen to be clutching his leg as he was tended to by medical staff. The Albania international had no history of knee injuries and his injury is a major blow.

Broja is expected to be out for at least the remainder of the season after learning that he needs surgery to fix a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee, understands.

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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