Chelsea are back in Premier League action next weekend when they will look to continue their unbeaten run against West Brom.
Since their last outing in the top-flight of English football – a goalless draw against Leeds United – the Blues have progressed to the quarter-final and semi-final of the Champions League and FA Cup respectively.
Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid and Sheffield United by the same 2-0 scoreline at Stamford Bridge in the space of four days last week to head into the international break full of confidence.
Thomas Tuchel‘s men are now on a run of 14 games unbeaten across all competitions and they will be keen to continue that record against the Baggies to strengthen their top-four hopes.
With the games to come thick and fast after the international break, Tuchel could do with being able to call upon every player within his squad, but injury issues are still a minor problem.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest Chelsea injury news.
Chelsea were once again without centre-back Silva for the clash with the Blades last weekend.
The Brazilian has made a return to training but Tuchel confirmed the defender suffered a recurrence of an injury would not be risked in the FA Cup quarter-final tie.
“I don’t know if he got re-injured or something or it was too much [celebrating the Emerson goal vs Atletico],” said Tuchel. “No, now is not the moment to take a risk with him as it’s the last game before the international break.”
The 23-year-old has missed the last six games in a row with an injury that football.london understands, is a bruised bone in his foot that is causing the striker some discomfort.
So bad that he could not complete a training session ahead of the game against the Blades.
“Yes, he quit training yesterday after a five-minute warm-up so there was more or less no chance he could join the squad today,” Tuchel told reporters. “It was the same injury, more or less, but he had a re-injury in more or less the same spot where the first injury was, so he is in pain.
“He had to quit the session after five minutes with no chance he could join us today.”
It is currently unclear whether or not the striker will make his return against West Brom.
The knee injury suffered by Jorginho described as “not a serious problem” by the midfielder’s agent.
Jorginho, football.london understands, picked up the knock during the Blues’ goalless draw with Leeds United and would’ve been ruled out of the Champions League game with Atletico Madrid were he not already suspended.
The 29-year-old didn’t train with the Chelsea first-team squad ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final clash with Sheffield United and wasn’t selected in the 38-man Italy squad for their World Cup qualifiers.
“As regards to the midfielders, we are really in a bit of difficulty in the centre,” Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini said in his press conference on Monday. “We’re missing Jorginho, who wasn’t well. He’d taken a knock to the knee and he wasn’t fit to play in these games so we didn’t risk him.”
Jorginho has remained in England and is undertaking his recovery at Cobham, alongside Tammy Abraham and Thiago Silva, during the international break.
And his agent, Joao Santos, told Radio Marte (via CalcioMercato.com), that Jorginho shouldn’t be ruled out long term.
“It’s not a serious problem (the knee), he needs to do some physiotherapy,” he said.
Edouard Mendy has not joined up with Senegal for the international break as he has remained in London.
The Blues stopper, who has kept nine clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took charge, needs an operation on a tooth, as confirmed by the German.
“Edou Mendy will stay because he has an operation on his tooth,” Tuchel said. “He needs to see the dentist because it needs to be done.
“It’s why we do it now.”
The summer transfer window is just around the corner.
And the rumour mill is already starting to pick up speed.
New Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel will surely be looking to strengthen the squad he was given when he took over from Frank Lampard and there have already been a number of top players linked with a move, including Erling Haaland.
The striker is thought to be the Blues’ number on transfer priority.
But who would you sign? Get involved in our transfer window debate here.
N’Golo Kante will play no part in France’s next two fixtures due to a hamstring injury sustained in the 1-1 draw with Ukraine.
The 29-year-old, who has been in outstanding form of late, will return to the West London club for treatment with Les Bleus not calling up a replacement for their games against Kazakhstan and Bosnia.
While French media are reporting that the injury is minor, both club and country will be determined not to take a risk over such a key player.