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Full Chelsea Squad Revealed for Nottingham Forest Clash as Manager Makes Final Reece James Selection

Chelsea’s upcoming clash against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground holds significant importance as Mauricio Pochettino’s squad seeks to advance their European football aspirations.

Under Pochettino’s guidance, Chelsea aims to secure a coveted spot in European competition, with the manager emphasizing the team’s focus on achieving this goal during their impending encounter with Nottingham Forest.

Scheduled for Saturday evening, Chelsea’s return to action against Forest in the Premier League signifies a pivotal moment in their campaign. Currently positioned seventh in the league standings with just three matches remaining, the Blues’ placement would guarantee them a spot in the Europa Conference League for the upcoming season. However, their sights are set on a top-six finish, which would secure a berth in the prestigious Europa League.

With only a two-point deficit behind sixth-placed Newcastle United and six points away from fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea faces a crucial battle for a higher league finish. Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, is embroiled in a relegation struggle, standing three points clear of the bottom three teams.

In a pre-match press conference held on Friday, Pochettino provided a positive update, indicating that club captain Reece James might be fit for the Nottingham Forest clash. This news is a significant boost for Chelsea, with midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu returning to full team training and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez back in partial team training.

Expressing his optimism about James’ potential availability, Pochettino highlighted the importance of having the captain on the field and acknowledged James’ exceptional abilities, especially after a period of recovery from a long-term injury.

The full Chelsea squad available for selection against Nottingham Forest includes:

  • – Goalkeepers: Djordje Petrovic, Marcus Bettinelli
  • – Defenders: Malo Gusto, Trevoh Chalobah, Benoit Badiashile, Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella, Axel Disasi, Alfie Gilchrist, Reece James, Levi Colwill
  • – Midfielders: Conor Gallagher, Moises Caicedo, Cesare Casadei
  • – Attackers: Christopher Nkunku, Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson, Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Noni Madueke

As the showdown approaches, Pochettino faces crucial decisions in finalizing his lineup to secure a vital victory against Nottingham Forest and strengthen Chelsea’s European football prospects.

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