Mauricio Pochettino has been dealt a big boost as he plans for an upcoming set of testing fixtures at Chelsea. After travelling to Turf Moor to take on Vincent Kompany's Burnley side on Saturday they face a run that would be daunting to even the best of sides.
For a team that is yet to hit full stride this season and is still balancing injury concerns left, right and centre, the last thing Pochettino needs is matches against Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City, Newcastle, Brighton and Manchester United before the real winter period in December gets underway.
It is set to be the biggest challenge for Pochettino since he took over but luckily the Argentine is likely to have some of his key stars available for selection sooner rather than later. In the coming weeks and after the international break there could be as many as four returning first teamers with more on the road to recovery.
Here, football.london takes a look at the latest state of the squad available to Pochettino.
The Ukraine international was withdrawn at half-time against Fulham with many fearing he had sustained an injury following his first goal for Chelsea. Mudryk was replaced by Ian Maatsen after putting in a strong performance against the Cottagers.
He was seen in training with the rest of his teammates on Wednesday.
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What Pochettino has said: «He was doing well,» he told Sky Sports. "[It is] unlucky that at half time he felt something in his quad but we hope that it is not a big issue and he will be ready for Saturday."
Expected return date: Burnley (A) — Saturday, October 7Read on football.london