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Chelsea injury news and return dates ahead of Newcastle cup game

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that Christopher Nkunku is fit to play in tonight’s Carabao Cup match between Chelsea and Newcastle. The Blues defeated Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League, advancing them to the quarterfinal match.

Although the France international was included on the matchday roster for the match against the Blades, Pochettino decided against using him off the bench. Romeo Lavia and Nkunku resumed training at the same time last month, suggesting that Nkunku may soon be joining him.

Pochettino disclosed the length of Robert Sanchez’s potential absence from action when he added him on the injury list in another place. Having said that, football.london has examined the most recent Chelsea injury updates before to their arrival at Newcastle to Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea injury news and return dates ahead of Newcastle cup tie

Robert Sanchez

The goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in the defeat to Manchester United but was passed fit to feature against Everton. However, after going down injured in the second-half, Sanchez aggravated the injury and was taken off, eventually replaced by Djordje Petrovic.

What Pochettino said: “I think always when you suffer an injury and he was our No.1 goalkeeper so far, always a player you are going to miss. I think we have another goalkeeper who is working really hard to be ready, when this type of thing happens..

“It is an injury that’s going to be for a few weeks, I don’t know if two, three, four, five or six. We will assess day-by-day to know how to follow it. His recovery will depend on him and the reaction of his knee and it is difficult to say in two or three weeks but we hope [he is back] as soon as possible.”

Marc Cucurella

The left-back provided an update on his injury via social media last night, with two photos showing off the cast on his left ankle as well as the star now walking on crutches as he recovers from the ankle injury he suffered earlier this week in training.

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What Cucurella said: “Time to come back stronger!”

Possible return date: Unknown

Reece James

After returning to full fitness last month, James’ injury problems continued at Everton. He was replaced by Levi Colwill before heading straight down the tunnel at Goodison Park after less than 35 minutes.

football.london understands the Chelsea club captain will now miss “a few months” through injury. On Instagram, James revealed he was “devastated” by his latest setback.

What Pochettino said: “I prefer not to talk too much now. We need to know better the situation. I think he’s a little bit down because he was very excited to come back. How we build him back was perfect because it was step by step. First play 25 minutes, then 30 minutes, 35, 45, 60 minutes. it was in a perfect way we tried to build his confidence and full recovery and for him it’s difficult to accept.

“He feel very disappointed, very frustrated. Now we need to be careful in the way we talk and also assess and try to find the resolution for him to be consistent.”

Pochettino added: “No [surgery has not been ruled out]. Monday we will know. Monday we will know more about how we will proceed, about whether it is necessary or not.”

He finished: “We are all now thinking how we are going to approach the situation and trying to find maybe different solutions, different strategies. I prefer not to talk too much because it is a situation that is not a nice situation because I know how he is suffering and his family of course.

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“He was so excited to be back again and to be fit to help the team in this situation and, yes, we need to be cautious in the way we talk. First we need to settle the basis in the way we are going to proceed with his recovery. Still, Monday we need to see how it is going to be the situation, see the situation and then proceed in trying to find a different way to approach the problem and find different alternatives. ”

Possible return date: February/March 2024

Romeo Lavia

Lavia has been nursing an ankle issue since he arrived at Stamford Bridge and he is still yet to make his debut for the Blues. Last month, the teenage midfielder was dealt a major setback on his road to recovery, pushing his return date back into December.

What Pochettino said: “Lavia still not [ready for Newcastle]. Christoph was involved in the last game on Saturday and will be involved. Today he was training well. Maybe he will have the possibility to be involved in some minutes in the game.”

Possible return date: Wolves (A) – Sunday, December 24

Noni Madueke

Madueke was left on the bench for the clash against Brighton and did not make a substitute appearance. His name was removed from the injury list ahead of Everton but he was left out of the squad altogether on Merseyside.

What Pochettino said: “Noni post-match, after Brighton also, minor problems hope that soon they will be available to train and available for the team.”

Possible return date: Wolves (A) – Sunday, December 24

Lesley Ugochukwu

Ugochukwu was another who didn’t feature against United after picking up a minor injury after the Brighton match. The youngster was not included in the squad that faced the Seagulls either and was also ruled out for the games with Everton and Manchester United.

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What Pochettino said: “Lesley feels something this week, a minor injury. Noni post-match, after Brighton also, minor problems hope that soon they will be available to train and available for the team.”

Possible return date: Wolves (A) – Sunday, December 24

Ben Chilwell

Chilwell suffered a knock towards the end of Chelsea’s clash with Brighton in the Carabao Cup at the end of September. Unfortunately for the Blues defender, the club quickly realised that the muscle issue was worse than first thought and, more than a month later, he’s still out of action.

What Pochettino said: “Chilly and Fofana, who maybe needs more time.”

Possible return date: Unknown

Trevoh Chalobah

Chalobah has been nursing a thigh injury and is still yet to feature for Chelsea this season. He has been seen in training in the gym at Cobham but a return to action looks some way off. He has now returned to some training on the grass but not with his teammates yet, it seems.

Possible return date: Unknown

Carney Chukwuemeka

Chukwuemeka picked up a knock ahead of the game with Arsenal and then made the bench against Burnley, but the midfielder has since been hit with another setback. He has struggled with a knee problem which he suffered against West Ham United earlier in the campaign.

He has posted once more from Cobham as he recovers with work in the gym.

Possible return date: Unknown

Wesley Fofana

Fofana is set to miss most of the season after rupturing his ACL in pre-season training. In spite of this, he’s returned to training on the pitches at Cobham.

What Pochettino has said: “Chilly and Fofana, who maybe needs more time.”

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