Chelsea have rediscovered their form under Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues are unbeaten in six games across all competitions, winning five from the six with the most recent coming against Newcastle United on Monday evening.
That impressive run of form has taken Chelsea back into the top four, above West Ham and Liverpool, and they will now be eyeing up in form Leicester City in fourth with Brendan Rodgers’ men only four points better off as things stand.
Next up, Chelsea face a Southampton side who have dropped to 13th amid injury issues. The two sides played out an entertaining 3-3 draw earlier in the season, but the Blues will be hoping to extend their winning run to six at St Mary’s.
Ahead of the game, we have rounded up all the latest Chelsea injury news below, including the latest on Tammy Abraham following his setback last time out.
Chelsea were once again without centre-back Silva for the clash with the Magpies as he continues to recover from a muscle injury. The former Paris Saint-Germain ace was forced off in the victory over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month and has missed the last three matches since.
In fairness to the Brazilian, though, Tuchel did confirm ahead of the clash with Newcastle that he would miss out, with the German setting this weekend’s clash with Southampton as a potential return date for him.
“For sure (it’s too soon) for Thiago,” Tuchel revealed ahead of Monday night’s game. “For Thiago, we are aiming for Southampton, we are trying, trying hard. Let’s see if he can make it, we cannot promise.”
After picking up a minor injury in training ahead of the 1-0 win over Spurs, it was first thought that attacking-midfielder Havertz would just miss the showdown with Jose Mourinho’s side.
However, the former Bayer Leverkusen man has since missed four games on the bounce, with the win over Newcastle coming too soon for the Germany international.
Speaking ahead of the clash with the Magpies, Tuchel said: “It’s maybe too close for Kai.
“For Kai, let’s see today if he’s out. It will be a very short time for Kai so maybe he’ll be missing this match as well.”
It remains unclear whether or not he will be available for the trip to Southampton on Saturday.
Striker Abraham was forced off after just 20 minutes against Newcastle after finding himself on the receiving end of a tackle from Jamaal Lascelles that Tuchel described as “reckless.”
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You could sense the pain that the former Bristol City loanee was in with the expression he portrayed on his face.
With the challenge looking a nasty one, Tuchel, although he does not yet know the full extent of the injury, is worried about the damage that has been caused to the Blues striker.
Tuchel said: “There is no update, it is a worry because we had to take him off so early after a hard tackle. We are worried but there is no news.”
Since then, it has emerged in a Telegraph report that Abraham didn’t suffer any significant ligament damage and that he would not be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, though it is unclear whether he will be fit to face Newcastle, going down as a serious doubt at the very least.