helsea they are dealing with a hefty list of injuries as the Premier League restart approaches.
Having suffered a new blow in the friendly against Aston Villa, as Armando Broja went down with a potentially serious knee injury, Graham Potter could use some reinforcements and fast.
reece jamesN’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell are among the players seeking returns.
The Blues have at least a fortnight before their next game, which will be against Bournemouth on December 27.
Here is his latest update chelsea injuries and absences…
Withdrawn from the World Cup with a knee injury at AC Milan on November 10, James was unable to make his return to play a month and a day later against Villa.
But the 23-year-old has stepped up his comeback with a return to light contact training at the weekend. Chelsea boss Potter said that he had “advanced” in his recovery after Villa’s match.
All signs point to James being fit to play a role against Bournemouth.
french midfielder Kante is “progressing well”according to Potter, he was also left out of the World Cup.
He underwent surgery for a hamstring injury sustained in August and is not believed to be likely to return until January at the earliest.
Potte said last week: “N’Golo is a bit further, but he’s making good progress again.”
Chelsea was hit by Broja being taken out on a stretcher in the friendly loss to Aston Villa on Sunday.
The Albanian striker flew home on Monday to undergo a scan, which will diagnose the severity of the painful injury.
Potter said: “It was an unfortunate action, I think he got caught with his player and the ground. It doesn’t look positive at the moment, but it’s too early to tell. Fingers crossed, but it’s awkward.”
The start of Fofana’s Chelsea career has been interrupted by injury as well as a manager change, and he has not played since October due to a knee problem.
However, like James, the centre-back has also been described as “making progress” in his recovery and is rejoining training.
One of Chelsea’s many World Cup absentees, left-back Chilwell is set to step up on his return from a hamstring injury in the coming days.
He has not yet returned to full training and the Bournemouth game may come too soon.
A calf injury has sidelined Loftus-Cheek since he suffered the knock against Newcastle just before half-time and he’s nowhere near a return just yet either.
Potter said at the weekend: “Hopefully Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ben Chilwell can also step up their rehabilitation next week, so we’re optimistic about that.”
Missing the friendly with Villa and the World Cup, Kepa has been suffering from a foot problem since coming off in the loss to Brighton at the end of October.
The goalkeeper was described by his coach as “not quite with the team yet, but he has stepped up his rehabilitation” last week.
A hamstring injury struck Chukwuemeka in early November and his absence went unnoticed, given the break.
The youngster remained unavailable for Sunday’s game, but Potter gave an upbeat update when he named him among those “advancing” after the final whistle. .