Chelsea injury update: Kai Havertz, Reece James and N’Golo Kante breaking news and return dates
helsea received a host of welcome news on the injury front.
Kai Havertz beat a fever that put him out of action in Germany and Reece James is coming back from a fitness setback.
They are expected to join N’Golo Kante in the squad to face Aston Villa this weekend, alongside Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and possibly Edouard Mendy.
Christian Pulisic is a new doubt, however, and the game will come too soon for Wesley Fofana and Thiago Silva.
Here is your latest update Injuries at Chelsea and return dates…
The Chelsea striker is now fit to play after dropping out of the German side due to a fever.
It meant he missed his country’s defeat to Belgium, but was back in first-team training with his club on Friday, with Potter confirming his return to competition.
James returned to Chelsea training this week after leaving the England side halfway through their Euro 2024 qualifiers with an “ongoing” problem.
Gareth Southgate said the defender was “not completely happy” with a leg injury and a cautious approach meant he was heading back to west London.
Chelsea boss Potter has confirmed James’ role in the final two days of training before facing Villa, and he’s ready to start unless another setback presents itself.
Kante returned to the Chelsea squad ahead of the international break against Everton but did not make an appearance until playing for an hour in a behind-closed-doors friendly win over Charlton.
Slated to make the squad against Villa, the Frenchman probably won’t be ready to start.
Potter said: “We have to deal with this because he’s been away for so long. He’s spent time behind closed doors and I’m pretty sure he’ll be on the pitch at some point.
Mount is almost free from a pubic bone injury which forced him out of the England squad. The midfielder was first called up by Gareth Southgate, much to Graham Potter’s surprise.
Back in training, Potter said the midfielder was unlikely to start against Villa.
“It’s been difficult for him because he’s had injuries and noise off the pitch,” the manager said. “He is a top professional, the way he has acted with me and around us has been excellent. Sometimes if things in your career are not optimal you have to act well – and he did. .
After playing for the United States against Granada and El Salvador, Pulisic returned to Cobham with a cold.
This cast doubt on his participation against Villa, although any absence would likely only be short-lived.
As with Mount, Sterling was not fit enough to be involved with England but could offer Potter an injury boost in the near future.
The striker hasn’t featured since Stamford Bridge’s win over Borussia Dortmund but this week returned to training and is expected to play a role at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Fofana pulled out of the France squad at the start of the international break ahead of their matches against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland after picking up a problem against Everton.
“Wes Fofana must have come out tired, as he had been away for a long time,” Potter explained after the game. “He felt his hamstring.”
Fofana was back in training on Friday and is focused on his comeback for the upcoming midweek Liverpool clash.
Silva picked up a knee injury against Tottenham in late February, with an approximate six-week deadline given at the time.
That would suggest the centre-back is just weeks away from a potential return to the Chelsea squad, with the focus surely on the Champions League. The Blues will face Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final on April 12, with Silva expected to be in contention by then.
Mendy has now returned to full first-team training, having been out since the World Cup after undergoing surgery on a fractured finger.
He should therefore be back in the squad this weekend when Chelsea take on Villa, although Kepa Arrizabalaga is likely to keep his place in goal for now.
Azpilicueta won’t return against Villa as he continues his recovery from a concussion. The defender has not played since the loss to Southampton, where he spent three days in hospital.
On Friday, Potter confirmed his continued absence for the weekend.
Broja will be out for at least the rest of this season, facing a long spell of inactivity as he recovers from a serious knee injury.
The ruptured anterior cruciate ligament required surgery, and it remains to be seen whether Broja will be back in time for pre-season this summer.