Mauricio Pochettino has been dealt a huge boost ahead of Chelsea's next clash against Fulham. Marco Silva's side will welcome the Blues to Craven Cottage on Monday night in what is expected to be a fiery west London derby under the lights.
While he won't be available for the fixture, Reece James appears to have made great progress on his road to recovery with a return date pencilled in for late October. However, Pochettino still has an injury crisis on his hands with Ben Chilwell the latest admission into the treatment room.
The left-back was forced to leave the pitch in the final minutes of Chelsea's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Carabao Cup third round. After colliding with Billy Gilmour, Chilwell required on-field medical treatment before making his way off the pitch.
While the severity of his hamstring strain remains to be seen, the England international did manage to walk himself off and around the pitch without too much discomfort. So, with that being said, football.london has rounded up all the Chelsea injury news from Stamford Bridge.
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 of James.
What Pochettino has said: «He's recovering well. I don't know if he's close or not because we assess him every single day but he's started to do things on the pitch with the ball. He's really well. He's desperate to play for the team. Yes, I hope it's close, also so he can beRead on football.london