Chelsea Injury News pushed the team to play without three starters on Tuesday when they lost to Southampton, but Thomas Tuchel has got some good news in that department in advance of this weekend’s game.
On Tuesday, the Blues lost 2-1 against Southampton in the Premier League after taking the lead. Despite having a good chance to win, the Blues blew it and ended up with nothing from their trip to the south coast.
Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah were ruled out for the game, and Conor Gallagher, the Blues’ midfielder, sat out his suspension. On Saturday, West Ham will go to Stamford Bridge, but Thomas Tuchel will have the trio back in action.
Get the latest updates on the status of key players and their expected returns to action at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea right defender was noticeably absent from the team that travelled to face Southampton on Tuesday, but it was later revealed that he had been sick and was left off the trip to St. Mary’s as a precaution.
James had started all four of Chelsea’s games to start the season, but he came down with a virus after Saturday’s 2-1 win against Leicester. Now, though, Tuchel has stated that he is back in training and available to play against West Ham this weekend.
James is “back in training and available,” as Tuchel put it on Friday.
The Chaldean Prince, or Trevoh Chalobah
Following his first start of the season in place of the suspended Kalidou Koulibaly, fellow Blues defender Chalobah was also left out of the squad that travelled to Southampton due to an injury sustained in last weekend’s 2-1 victory against Leicester.
Chelsea Injury News: It has come to light that Chalobah suffered a knee injury in the match against the Foxes at Stamford Bridge, however, the seriousness of the injury remains unknown. He has since returned to training and should be available for Saturday’s London derby against West Ham.
“Trevoh Chalobah is hurt, an issue from the encounter [against Leicester],” Tuchel remarked on Tuesday. So, it’s a small group, especially without N’Golo Kante and a few others.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, a midfielder for Chelsea, started four of the team’s first five games but has since been benched.
While many saw the 26-year-substitution old’s at halftime of the 2-1 loss against Southampton as a tactical move, the game ended with the Saints leading 2-0. After the Englishman was replaced with Mateo Kovacic, it became clear that the switch had been made against his will.
Loftus-Cheek was seen on live TV with some strapping around his knee, and BT Sport later verified that the midfielder had suffered a hamstring injury; nevertheless, Tuchel said on Friday that Loftus-Cheek is “back in training and available.”
The Chelsea midfielder is still recovering from a hamstring injury he sustained in the team’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on August 14. He had to leave the game with five minutes left due to the injury.
Despite receiving treatment from the Chelsea physio on the pitch, Kante was unable to continue and had to be taken off. After missing the Blues’ previous three games, he will likely continue to be sidelined for at least another month, until at least the beginning of October.
For N’Golo, we are talking weeks, four weeks plus, Tuchel said on August 26.
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