'In the squad tomorrow': Graham Potter confirms £33m Chelsea player is back available vs Dinamo Zagreb
Graham Potter has confirmed that Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly is available again and will return to the squad against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.
Chelsea face off tomorrow night against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League group stages.
Thankfully, the Blues have already secured top spot in the group and know there’s nothing riding on the actual result.
However, you feel the group need a significant lift after the recent 4-1 humbling away to Brighton on the weekend in the Premier League.
Chelsea boss Potter has delivered some really encouraging news Tuesday afternoon that should lift everyone’s spirits.
Koulibaly available against Dinamo Zagreb
Koulibaly, 31, has missed the club’s last three consecutive games with injury.
However, the £33million centre-back will return to the match day squad tomorrow night and provide a much-needed option at the back.
When asked if Koulibaly is available against Dinamo Zagreb, Potter replied: “Yes, he will, providing there’s no reaction. He trained today, so he was fine. He is available and in the squad tomorrow.”
Koulibaly has had an up and down debut season so far in Chelsea colours, but he’s definitely been missed in the last few games.
Chelsea’s defensive options have been stretched lately, with Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana both sidelined.
However, the return of the experienced 31-year-old must be a big relief for Potter.
It would make sense for Koulibaly to get some game minutes in his legs if he’s fit enough because he could be really important in the next two weeks before the World Cup.
At the same time, it needs to be a measured approach to his fitness and they don’t want to risk him in a dead rubber.