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Lavia, Fernandez, Chilwell, James – Chelsea injury news and expected return dates for Brighton clash

Chelsea’s Injury Update and Return Dates for Brighton Match


The latest injury updates from Chelsea have brought some positive news for manager Mauricio Pochettino ahead of their crucial clash against Brighton as they aim for Europa League qualification.


Reece James made a triumphant return from injury during Chelsea’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. Captain James marked his comeback with an impactful performance, providing an assist during his 11-minute appearance off the bench.


Mauricio Pochettino expressed his delight at having both Raheem Sterling and Reece James back in action after their respective injury spells. Sterling, who missed a few matches due to a back issue, returned to the squad in the previous weekend’s fixture. Meanwhile, James had been sidelined since December with a hamstring injury but made a significant impact upon his return against Nottingham Forest.

Despite these positive developments, Chelsea still has several key players on the injury list, with their return unlikely before the upcoming match against Brighton. Here’s a rundown of the players currently out injured and their potential return dates:

1. Reece James:

– Injury: Hamstring.

– Status: Returned to action with an assist against Nottingham Forest.

2. Carney Chukwuemeka:

– Injury: Knee.

– Status: Undergoing rehabilitation, return date unknown.

3. Enzo Fernandez:

– Injury: Groin.

– Status: Out for the season, undergoing rehabilitation, expected return in summer.

4. Ben Chilwell:

– Injury: Unknown.

– Status: Continuing rehabilitation, return date unknown.

5. Robert Sanchez:

– Injury: Unknown.

– Status: Back in partial team training, return date unknown.

6. Lesley Ugochukwu:

– Injury: Unknown.

– Status: Returned to training, return date unknown.

7. Romeo Lavia: 

– Injury: Thigh.

– Status: Continuing rehabilitation, expected return next season.

8. Wesley Fofana:

– Injury: Anterior cruciate ligament.

– Status: Returned to training but far from first-team action, long-term recovery ongoing.

These updates highlight the mixed fortunes Chelsea has faced regarding injuries, with some players making comebacks while others continue their rehabilitation journeys. Pochettino will be hoping for a full-strength squad as they push for a positive result against Brighton and pursue their European aspirations.

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