Over the international break, Chelsea will need to manage a huge injury list.
While Benoit Badiashile and Armando Broja are expected to return to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad soon, Romeo Lavia continues to prepare for his debut.
Although it still seems far off, Stamford Bridge would welcome Christopher Nkunku back with open arms.
Additionally, there will be a wait for fans to catch Reece James, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana, and Trevoh Chalobah in action.
The most recent information on injuries to Chelsea players and their anticipated return dates is provided here.
After making a “partial” comeback last week, Romeo Lavia Lavia is currently working out with the Chelsea first squad.
However, the new signing is still a doubt for after the international break due to a “reconditioning” period that Pochettino said will last a few weeks.
That timeframe points to later this month, with Standard Sport understanding that an agreement was made with the Belgium national team to not call up Lavia during this programme.
The predicted three-and-a-half month layoff for Nkunku has already begun for Chelsea.
The striker is badly missed in the Blues’ assault and may be planning a comeback against Newcastle at the conclusion of the November international break.
His recovery from a preseason knee injury is now described as being in its “early stages” by the club’s most recent update, which was released prior to the Forest loss.
James’ comeback date is still uncertain, but Chelsea anticipates having him back after the international break.
Prior to the match against Forest, the club stated that the defender was “continuing to undergo his rehabilitation programme,” as Pochettino had previously stated the defender would be sidelined for “a few weeks” with a hamstring issue.
Chukwuemeka had knee surgery after an injury acquired in the team’s loss to West Ham last month.
While Standard Sport knows an original six-week return plan was put in place, pointing to a comeback against Fulham or Burnley early in October, Chelsea did not provide a timescale for the teenager’s return to match fitness and the club says he remains in the “early stages” of his recuperation.
The Blues don’t anticipate seeing Fofana on the field again until the end of the 2023–24 campaign, if at all.
The “early stages” of the French defender’s recuperation from a severe knee injury have just begun.
No word yet on Chalobah’s return from a hamstring injury with the club lumping him in with the others who are “continuing to undergo rehabilitation programmes”.
The defender turned down a deadline day move to Nottingham Foret so, even when fit, he may not find it easy to return to Pochettino’s squad.