Boost for Chelsea as 2 key players return from injury ahead of tough EPL clash this weekend

Boost for Chelsea as 2 key players return from injury ahead of tough EPL clash this weekend

  • Reece James has been battling an ankle injury he picked during Chelsea's defeat to Man City
  • N'Golo Kante is the other player who has been on the treatment table with COVID-19
  • However, the two has returned to full training and are in contention to face Brentford
  • The Blues will take on the newly-promoted side this Saturday in what will be a London derby

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Thomas Tuchel has been handed a double injury boost after both Reece James and N'Golo Kante returning to full training.

N'Golo Kante and Reece James of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on March 12, 2021 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Other players who were cited at Chelsea's Cobham training base include Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul Niguez, Hakim Ziyech, and Ross Barkley. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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James has been nursing an ankle injury sustained during his side's Premier League defeat against Man City back in September.

Metro UK reports the full-back had to withdraw from England's squad for their World Cup qualifying matches, with his teammate taking his place in the national team.

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Kante, on the other hand, has been in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 and was not in action during France's UEFA Nations League triumph over Spain on Sunday, October 10.

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The midfielder is understood to have been working on his fitness away from the main group but was through to his paces on the morning of Tuesday, October 12.

Other players who were cited at Chelsea's Cobham training base include Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul Niguez, Hakim Ziyech, and Ross Barkley.

Tuchel will be hoping to have his key players fully fit as the Blues prepare to take on Brentford in the highly-anticipated London derby at the Brentford Community Stadium this Saturday, October 16.

Chelsea will be looking to secure maximum points as they look to cement their place on the summit of the standings.

The west Londoners currently sit top of the table with 16 points from seven matches, a point ahead of rivals Liverpool who occupy second place.

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Mane backs Mendy for Ballon d'Or

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has described the decision to omit Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from the Ballon d'Or shortlist as "unacceptable."

Chelsea have five players who have been shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or award including Romelu Lukaku, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Cesar Azpilicueta, and N'Golo Kante.

However, Mane believes Mendy should have also made the list of nominees for the prestigious award.

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