The Blues have failed to win either of their last two games and have picked up two big injuries to their midfield during that time, as Thomas Tuchel’s absentee list continues to grow. Chelsea will look to return to winning ways when they host European football-chasing Wolves on Saturday, where three points is desperately needed in order to avoid a shock fallout from the Premier League ’s top four this season.
Here is all you need to know about the current state of play at Stamford Bridge and the expected return dates for those who are out on the sidelines.
It is unclear as to whether the decision was made due to precautionary reasons or if it was for something more serious, and it is therefore currently unknown if the Italian will be fit enough to be in contention for Saturday’s clash with Wolves.
The Frenchman managed 82 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford just three days before, but Tuchel revealed that he was suffering from pain from a minor injury following that game. However, it is hoped that Kante will make a full recovery to feature against Wolves.
The Dane has been struggling with stomach cramps, but was aiming to have returned by now, yet things haven’t gone to plan. However, the centre back has returned to training and is hoping to be fit enough to feature once again this weekend.
Ross Barkley has been out of action for Chelsea since missing the game against Man Utd last Thursday through illness, yet it has not been specified as to what he is struggling with. The 28-year-old should have made a full recovery by now and will be hoping to return to the Chelsea squad once again this weekend, especially if Jorginho and Kante are both out of action.
The 21-year-old has been ruled out of action ever since, while Tuchel confirmed last month that he was yet to join in with first team training. The German also confirmed that he won’t be rushed back, meaning he will remain absent for the foreseeable future.