JUST IN: Pulisic, Kovacic, Kante, Silva: Chelsea injury news and return dates before Leeds clash


Chelsea injury news: Graham Potter has been dealt a major setback regarding Thiago Silva ahead of a defining week in his Blues tenure

Ahead of a potentially crucial “make or break” week, Graham Potter has suffered arguably his biggest injury blow of his tenure so far. After being withdrawn in the 19th minute of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, the club later confirmed Thiago Silva had damaged his knee ligaments.…CONTINUE READING

The Brazilian defender now looks set to miss a defining few weeks for Graham Potter. Silva joins Cesar Azpilicueta on the injury list after the latter suffered a head injury against Southampton and is therefore still adhering to concussion protocols before returning to training.

Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante both took part in full first-team training after stepping up their recovery at Cobham. Mateo Kovacic has recovered from an illness that saw him miss the defeat to Spurs at the weekend.

With that said, takes a look at all the latest injury news from Stamford Bridge before the Blues take on Leeds in the Premier League.
Thiago Silva

Silva was subbed off with a knee injury in the Premier League clash against Tottenham over the weekend. On Tuesday, Chelsea released a statement detailing his diagnosis. “Having sustained a knee injury during the first half of Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, Thiago underwent further assessment and a scan on his return to the training centre on Monday.

“Scan results from those assessments have confirmed damage to Thiago’s knee ligaments and he will now work closely with the club’s medical department during his rehabilitation to return to action as soon as possible.”

What Potter said: “I’m not sure. Hopefully it’s not too serious but I haven’t spoken to the doctor enough to have a diagnosis for you.”

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: Late March/early April
Christan Pulisic

Pulisic looks set to be closing in on a return to the Chelsea matchday squad after nearly two months out with a knee injury. Posting to his Instagram story, the United States international revealed he is back training on the pitches at Cobham with a picture alongside Mason Mount.

The USMNT international was partially involved in first-team training on Monday, handing a major boost to Potter ahead of the clash with Leeds. The Blues are also close to welcoming the forward back ahead of a Champions League reunion with Borussia Dortmund next week.

What Potter said: “We’ve had a good week’s training, everyone is available pretty much apart from N’Golo and Christian Pulisic. They are making progress, joining the warm-ups, and they will be more integrated next week. So that is good.”

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: March
N’Golo Kante

Kante, who sees his contract expire in the summer – although Chelsea are now very confident he will sign a new deal, as understands – is yet to feature under Potter after suffering a hamstring injury against Tottenham in August. The France international has been doing some light training with the rest of the Chelsea squad at Cobham recently as he builds his match fitness, understands.

That recovery was taken up yet another notch on Monday as the midfielder took part in some partial first-team training, edging closer to a return.

What Potter said: “We’ve had a good week’s training, everyone is available pretty much apart from N’Golo and Christian Pulsiic. They are making progress, joining the warm-ups, and they will be more integrated next week. So that is good.”

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return date: March
Mateo Kovacic

Having returned to action following injury against Southampton, Kovacic was missing from the matchday squad against Spurs. It doesn’t appear to be anything to worry about though.

What Potter said: “Mateo was ill.”

Injury: Illness

Expected return date: Leeds, March 4.
Cesar Azpilicueta

Azpilicueta sustained a concussion against Southampton last week following a collision with 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.

What Potter said: “He’s [Azpilicueta] as ok as can be when you’ve had that concussion. He won’t be ready for the weekend as we have to go through the protocols, but he’s doing well.”

Injury: Concussion

Expected return date: Early March
Edouard Mendy

Chelsea confirmed early in January that Mendy had undergone an operation on a fractured finger sustained during training, meaning he will be absent from the squad for some time. The Senegalese shot-stopper was expected to miss at least six weeks, and has yet to return.

Injury: Finger

Expected return date: Unknown
Armando Broja

Chelsea are set to be without Broja until at least the summer months, after the striker suffered a knee injury in a mid-season friendly against Aston Villa. The 20-year-old screamed in pain following a collision with Ezri Konsa and he was subsequently stretchered off the field of play.

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 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of favour at present.

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.…CONTINUE READING

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