After suffering a setback at home against Nottingham Forest in their most recent Premier League match, Chelsea is back in action and looking to get back on track. Mauricio Pochettino and his players will begin the year with the expectation that they will have two weeks to prepare for their first game.
The Blues have only managed to pick up four points from their first four games, including two losses, despite the fact that their schedule of games appears to be one of the easier ones on paper. However, up to this time, the Argentine manager has had to deal with a huge caveat because several members of his first team have been sidelined for large chunks of the season due to injury.
Christopher Nkunku has not yet arrived back home, but it would be considered a victory if he did so before Christmas or even by the end of September at the very latest. It is possible that Wesley Fofana won’t return to the club until well into 2024, but over the long term, he will be in the same position. Pochettino has had more flexibility to maneuver as a result of the fact that the majority of games begin with both players competing.
Ben Chilwell, who has been playing on the left flank, may continue to play in that position after Mykhailo Mudryk experienced a slight issue during the international break. Chilwell has been playing in that position. It looked that he had sustained a calf injury while traveling with Ukraine for the past two weeks because he had to leave the field late in the 1-1 draw against England that took place in Poland.
The 22-year-old athlete, who has been having trouble with his conditioning, went back to training after competing in the European Championships for Under-21 athletes earlier this summer. After those four days, we played Italy. There is some evidence to suggest that he may be ready for action, but Pochettino has not provided him with an opportunity to play right away this season.
Since matchday two and Carney Chukwuemeka’s absence, his role in the team, or lack thereof, has come under heightened scrutiny. This is because of the absence of Carney Chukwuemeka. Due to a knee injury, the young player was forced to depart the game against West Ham, which provided Pochettino with an opportunity to play in an attacking position; nevertheless, the teen’s role has not been adequately filled as of yet.
Once upon a time, it was believed that he would be close to making a comeback at this point in time; however, there is now concern that he may require an extra three weeks of rest before he is able to return to full fitness. The very same can be said about Armando Broja. The Albanian remained at Cobham throughout the winter break in order to finish his rehabilitation from an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This injury forced him to miss the second part of the 2022–23 season and prevented him from playing.
The President of the Albanian Football Association, Amando Duka, has offered an update on his current physical condition. “Armando Broja has reached the end of the recuperation phase,” he announced. “This week, we anticipate him to be available for Chelsea on the bench, which means he will be ready to enter the field.”
Pochettino did not hold back his responses when he was questioned about those remarks. To put it more succinctly, he inquired, “Who is the Albanian FA? Who is the coach? Who is in charge? My mouth was closed. After being asked if Broja is ready to come back, he said, “Not yet. No, not at this time.
According to The Athletic, it wouldn’t be shocking if he started off with the development squad in order to restore his fitness before making a comeback in the coming weeks. He has plans to make a comeback in the coming weeks. Although the two of them were not among the members of the team who were pictured getting ready for the game in Surrey, Benoit Badiashile, who has been out since the end of the previous season, has been rehabbing alongside him.
Badiashile is set to reclaim the starting position in Stamford Bridge’s lineup that he has so desperately yearned for, despite the fact that it is highly improbable that he will be brought back into the game right immediately. Pochettino made it clear that he would not be eligible for the matchday squad, despite the fact that there had been speculation that he would be included. Not even close. According to him, the same problem may also be found in Badiashile.
Since Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah are still traveling, his arrival is eagerly anticipated at this point. James has been sidelined ever since the first game of the season, but like the other players, he is eager to get back into the action in the coming weeks. James hasn’t played since the first game of the season.
“He’s doing well, recovering,” a fresh Pochettino said about the player. On the field, you can see that he is starting to perform some motions with the ball. He is in good physical shape. It is really important to him to come back to the group and offer his assistance. I’m crossing my fingers that he’ll be able to get there quickly and start playing again before the next international break.
Chalobah, who came perilously close to leaving in the final week of the transfer window, hasn’t played yet and has had a number of injuries that have delayed his preseason. The 24-year-old player’s return date has not been determined yet, and it is currently unknown which role on the squad he will fill once he is healthy enough to participate again.
She stated, “Of course, [he’s still in his plans],” in response to his status. Because I am Chelsea and I am the coach, the season will be impacted by what happens with Chalobah in the future. We have some ideas and goals for him. Pochettino stated that “No one is going to make that decision for me” following the failure of his deal to Bayern Munich and reports that he will be dropped from the starting lineup before January.
After signing with the team a month ago, Romeo Lavia is likewise delaying his debut for the time being. During training, he suffered a major ankle injury that will likely keep him out of action for the next six weeks.
Before the game, Mauricio Pochettino was asked about the Belgian and had the following response when asked about the player: “I think we are really disappointed because he was training really well.” After twisting his ankle, we are looking forward to hearing what the physician has to say on Monday.
In addition to this, the Argentine stated, “We don’t know [a timeframe] because we need to assess him.” Because Lavia did not make a significant contribution to Southampton’s preseason practices before he moved there, the team was preparing him with extreme caution.
An already difficult situation was made much more difficult for Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino by the revelation that Moises Caicedo was observed wearing knee braces while on international duty with Ecuador. Although this is the first time the midfielder has ever had it, it didn’t appear to be causing him a lot of discomfort when he was playing against Uruguay.
“Moises is a bit later than Enzo, so we will need to assess him, but we hope so [he’s ready],” the head coach explained. During the match, the blue support was still on the player with the highest transfer fee in the Premier League, but this did not prevent him from taking part in the game. It is hoped that whatever the cause may be, it is nothing more than precautionary, and that it will not prohibit him from playing on Sunday.
As for Fernandez, he scored for Argentina in their second game, but he had a long flight back to the club and was playing at an altitude of about 4,000 meters, which is almost 12,000 feet. “We saw them today, and he appears to be in a good mood.
Cobham provided an update by saying, “He scored against Bolivia, and I think he will be ready,” and he mentioned this. Malo Gusto, a French defender, suffered from the same issue as Caicedo; he was seen traveling with the Under-21 national team while wearing a strap around his right leg.
Since that time, he has been exercising in England without the thigh strapping that he previously wore. Pochettino still has a ton of options available to him, but his team is seriously weak in first-team players across the board, and the match against Bournemouth is certainly approaching at least a few weeks too soon for most of them.