Mauricio Pochettino continues to work with a spate of injuries that leaves him without key players in the early stages of the Premier League season. Not only has the new manager been without a first choice starting XI so far, he has had to balance youth and inexperience with more than 10 players out at times.
Although some of those are returning and will be back in the squads for Fulham and Burnley, there are still steps backwards being taken by some of the group. Heading into the trip to Fulham on Monday,Pochettino will also need to take into account the suspensions to Malo Gusto and Nicolas Jackson.
The pair have timed their respective bans poorly with Jackson still the only truly fit striker in the group. It leaves a dilemma over how Pochettino manages Armando Broja's gradual integration back into first team life whilst Gusto has left a hole at right-back with question marks over how the defence is rejiggedfor the short journey across London to Craven Cottage.
In an ideal world Pochettino would have a squad stacked with options and be spoilt for choice but at this stage his hand is still being forced. Here, football.london takes you through the latest injury issues affecting the squad.
According to the Daily Mail, Reece James is close to returning to full training. The report states that the right-back could be ready to 'accelerate' his involvement next week, with the Premier League tie against Burnley on October 7 described as 'too soon'.
Instead, there is 'hope' that he will be ready after the upcoming international break when Chelsea lock horns with Arsenal on October 21. All eyes on James.
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