Chelsea could have an even stronger lineup when they walk out at Wembley to face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final this Sunday.
Thomas Tuchel will have the chance to win a fourth trophy in just over 12 months when he leads his team onto the hallowed turf in six days.
The Blues versus the Reds
With the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup already ticked off, the next major task is to overcome Jurgen Klopp’s resistant Reds on the weekend.
Liverpool have returned to their dominant self after a few slip-ups last season and look set to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League once again.
Tuchel’s fellow German has a squad almost bursting at the seams with quality, boosted by the presence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane following their Africa Cup of Nations exertions.
Whilst Chelsea are not lacking in talent, arguably their group hasn’t been at full strength since the very early stages of the campaign.
However, they might be back close to something resembling a complete pack thanks to the recoveries of Mason Mount and Reece James.
What is the situation with Mount and James?
Both Englishman have regrettably taken too many trips to the treatment table this term with a variety of injuries and illnesses.
The two Cobham academy graduates are still making their way back from the latest round of damages, yet appear to be nearing full fitness once again.
James hasn’t featured since the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at the end of December after suffering a hamstring tear.
Chelsea have certainly suffered during his absence and will welcome his restoration with open arms.
According to the Daily Mail, James might be available for the cup showdown with Liverpool, although tomorrow’s Champions League tie against Lille has probably come just too soon.
Mount meanwhile was spotted on crutches after the Club World Cup victory in Abu Dhabi, the obstructed movement caused by an ankle wound.
Like James, the 23-year-old may be an option for the Liverpool contest, if not Tuesday’s European encounter.
“Mason did a very good individual session. I think he will try to come back to training today but he was out a little bit too long to start but perhaps he is involved in the squad,” said Tuchel on Mount’s status ahead of the Lille match.
We are all keeping our fingers crossed for you, Mason and Reece!
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