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Chelsea is facing a familiar dilemma that new transfers could address before the Champions League knockout

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Chelsea is facing a familiar dilemma that new transfers could address before the Champions League knockout

Chelsea witnessed Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen go on free transfers and may see more players leave in the future.

Chelsea is facing a familiar predicament that transfers could address. Graham Potter and Todd Boehly

Chalobah was taken off against Liverpool after collapsing off the ball, and it has subsequently been revealed that he was simply suffering from cramp. He was treated by the club physio and replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta in the final ten minutes of play.

What Potter said: “I don’t know to be honest. I’ve had to come out and speak to you guys.” Reece James James suffered a knee injury in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over AC Milan last year following a collision with Theo Hernandez. Then, upon his return after the World Cup, he pulled up against Bournemouth triggering another injury.

The 23-year-old returned to the Cobham pitches before of the Fulham defeat, but he was still training alone. Then, ahead of the match against Liverpool, he began to return to first-team training.

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Recce James

Chelsea is still confident that James will play some part in their next Premier League match against Fulham on February 3.

Potter stated: “The guys are making good progress. Reece [James] has resumed team training but will not play against Liverpool this weekend.”

Injury to the knee

Fulham’s expected return date: (February 3)

Chilwell

Chilwell has also been spotted back in first-team training in recent days. The defender has been out for much of the season, so he’ll be eager to get back into the game and contribute.

What Potter said: “The boys are progressing well. Reece [James] has joined team training but won’t be involved at the weekend. Same for Ben Chilwell.”

Injury: Thigh

Expected return date: Fulham (February 3)

N’Golo Kante

Kante has had an injury-plagued season so far, but the midfielder has returned to training at Cobham, although alone. The Frenchman is nearing full health, but a start under Potter is unlikely until he joins the first-team squad.

“N’Golo did his first couple of days out training on his own,” Potter added, “but there is still a long, long way to go.”

Hamstring strain

Early March is the anticipated return date.

Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana’s influence at the back has been felt in his absence despite missing the majority of the season so far. However, in a great boost for the Blues and the defender himself, it appears that a return is on the cards the corner, having been pictured in training again.

According to the Evening Standard, Fofana is hoping to make his return within the next fortnight.

What Potter said: ”Wesley had a little setback, which can sometimes happen at the very last stage of rehab, so he will be [out for] a couple of weeks.”

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: February

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 Denis Zakaria

After a sluggish start at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea loanee has impressed in recent weeks, forcing his way into the first-team. However, he was pulled off after 56 minutes in the defeat to Fulham, dealing a significant damage to Potter’s midfield options.

Potter stated: “Denis will probably be gone for four weeks. It’s the top of his quad, which is a setback for us. Hopefully, he will be able to return sooner.”

Injury to the thigh

The anticipated return date is February.

Pulisic

Pulisic was injured and subbed off in the Premier League loss to Manchester City, coming off worse in a tackle by John Stones. The international for the United States was noticeably distressed as he went down twice following the challenge.

He was eventually replaced by Carney Chukwuemeka and also was absent from the matchday squad for the FA Cup clash against City. He is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

What Potter said: “No chance, no, he will be out past that [January transfer deadline] and there was never any consideration about him leaving anyway. He is a couple of months out.

“He is disappointed but he is optimistic about coming back quicker than two months. He is in that phase where he is keeping his fingers crossed and hoping his rehab goes well.”

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: March

  Raheem Sterling

In the same game, Sterling was substituted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang within the first few minutes. Chelsea has lost Christian Pulisic. Following a collision with John Stones, the 28-year-old winger collapsed to the ground with a scowl on his face.

However, Sterling is anticipated to speed up his rehabilitation from his hamstring injury in the coming days, according to football.london, and it is hoped that he will be able to return to team training by the start of next week.

Potter stated: “Raheem has less [than Pulisic], but the amount of it is still being assessed. But hopefully not more than that.”

Hamstring strain

The expected return date is February.

Mendy 

Chelsea stated that Mendy has undergone surgery for a fractured finger sustained during training, resulting in his absence from the squad in the coming games.

The Senegalese shot-stopper missed the Bournemouth match and didn’t even make the bench against Forest. He had previously come back from international duty in October with an injury but played for his club since then despite being replaced as No1 by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Injury: Finger

Expected return date: Unknown

 Armando Broja

Armando Broja could be heard reeling in anguish after pulling up nastily in the side’s mid-season friendly against Aston Villa, as his knee injury effectively ended his 22/23 season. It was a setback for the former Southampton loanee, who had made quite an impression under Potter.

“It was just an unfortunate action,” Potter remarked. He was able to catch up to their player and the ground. It doesn’t look good right now, but it’s too early to tell. “I’m crossing my fingers, but it’s an awkward one.”

Injury to the knee

Summer/autumn 2023 is the anticipated return date.

Chelsea is facing a familiar dilemma that new transfers could address before the Champions League knockout

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