James, Kovacic, Ziyech: Latest Chelsea injury news ahead of Carabao Cup final vs Liverpool

Chelsea’s attention now turns to the Carabao Cup final, as Thomas Tuchel’s men take on Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in the hope of adding more silverware to the trophy cabinet.

The Blues go into the game on the back of a 2-0 victory against Lille in the Champions League round of 16, first leg, with Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic both on the scoresheet.

But despite the fact that the west Londoners have been picking up encouraging results of late, they will have to perform close to optimum levels if they are to come out victorious on Sunday, especially when considering that Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently on a nine-game winning streak.

How are Chelsea looking on the injury front ahead of the game? We take a look at all the latest news.

Ben Chilwell

Left wing-back Chilwell is set to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a significant injury.

The former Leicester City defender suffered cruciate ligament damage against Juventus and is unlikely to return until next season.

What Tuchel said: “We had training today with everyone on the pitch except for Ben Chilwell, which is brilliant news.”

Expected return date: 2022/23 season

Reece James

James has been pushing towards a return to first-team action and could potentially be involved this Sunday, with the 24-year-old impressing on the training ground.

What Tuchel said: “He looked brilliant in the last two training sessions. Let’s wait another session and let’s see if I’m crazy enough to put him on the pitch.”

Mason Mount

The talented English midfielder has been out of action since the FIFA Club World Cup final after aggravating a previous injury sustained in the FA Cup prior against Plymouth.

But Mount appears to have recovered from the ankle injury, making the bench on Tuesday night, and will hope to be given an opportunity to deliver an impact on Sunday.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Talented wide player Hudson-Odoi had inflammation in his Achilles which kept him out of Chelsea’s victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The 21-year-old was also unavailable for last Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Lille but has been involved in the latest training session, so could be in contention for a starting place ahead of the final.

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Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech

Both Kovacic and Ziyech started against Lille on Tuesday night but were withdrawn with injuries during the 90 minutes.

But the latest update from Tuchel suggests that the two first-team stars could be available for selection.

What Tuchel said: “Both [Kovacic and Ziyech] ok since today”

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