Mauricio Pochettino is set to be without a long list of names for his side's Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Sunday. The Blues had 12 missing when they travelled to Bournemouth last week and things haven't gotten too much better for the head coach.
Moises Caicedo, who was a surprise absence from the squad, picked up a knock on international duty with Ecuador and couldn't play in the 0-0 draw. He hasn't been in training with his teammates this week, causing some panic within the fanbase.
There is a chance he could return at the weekend but Pochettino was coy on the chances. «Moi [Caicedo] we need to assess tomorrow, he was training in an individual way, not with the team until today.» Alongside him in being ruled out for the game with the Cherries was Noni Madueke. He came back from international duty with a niggle.
Unlike Caicedo he has been at Cobham in the group sessions. «Noni was involved also during the week in training,» Pochettino said. «Maybe we need one day more, maybe [Armando] Broja can be involved, maybe.»
Broja is yet to play this season after an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in December 2022 put the brakes on his development. He has been slowly recovering though. It has left new signing Nicolas Jackson as the only fit striker in the squad and it appeared to take it's toll as he delivered his most anonymous performance of the season against Andoni Iraola's side last week.
Pochettino isn't expecting his Albanian ace to be banging in the goals straight away though. «Broja arrives and maybe will be involved at the weekend but it's after nine months of not competing,» he said.
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