February 8, 2023

Graham Potter has received a much-needed injury boost ahead of Chelsea’s return to action against Bournemouth on the 27th of December.

Adam Newson,Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell are all progressing well from their respective injuries with hopes they could be ready for that fixture at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are set to travel to Abu Dhabi this weekend for warm-weather training, including all of the players not involved in the World Cup. Among those travelling to the middle east will be players recovering from injuries too – with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added to the list that includes James, Fofana and Chilwell.

Having all of these players back would be huge for Potter given the unpredictability of the World Cup. Even though the knockout stage will see more names sent home rapidly, those players will need breaks after their involvement, meaning that the players currently at Cobham will likely make up the eleven that start after Christmas.

The rapid recovery of Chilwell will come as a surprise given the seriousness of the hamstring injury suffered late in the win over Dinamo Zagreb last month. A statement released by the club days later said: “Results show that Ben has suffered a significant injury and the defender is unfortunately expected to miss the World Cup.

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