Chelsea handed six fitness boosts ahead of trip to Leicester trip after very good week

Chelsea have half a dozen positive stories to lean upon before they face Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend.

Ahead of the international break, there was a small grey cloud hanging over Stamford Bridge.

Not to do with the results or the club’s table-topping position in the top-flight, but the wellbeing of the squad.

Rival fans will argue that Thomas Tuchel can never complain about injuries or absences, due to the depth of quality at his disposal.

Yet, the German coach has recently been given reason to sulk.


Walking wounded

Going into the last game leading up to the interlude for World Cup qualifiers, Chelsea had at least five key members of Tuchel’s group side-lined.

Mason Mount (tooth infection), Romelu Lukaku (ankle), Timo Werner (hamstring), Marcos Alonso (ankle) and Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) all missed the 1-0 Champions League win over Malmo.

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Christian Pulisic made his first club appearance since August that evening, following on from his own ankle problems.

A few fair major figures were either not present or only just patched up.

However, things are looking much rosier now national team duties have died down.

Healthy hearts and minds

Mount, Lukaku and Alonso were all pictured back in training ahead of the eye-catching clash with Leicester on Saturday.

Kai Havertz has led the line well whilst the Belgian recuperates, but Tuchel will be glad of the number nine’s returning presence.

Furthermore, the Chelsea manager should have another trio of fresh legs to call upon to challenge the Foxes.

Both N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva were rested by their respective countries yesterday.

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France beat Finland 2-0 without having to use Kante at all, whilst Brazil managed a Silva-less 0-0 draw with Argentina.

So often the veteran centre-back has been forced to sit out the first domestic fixture back due to playing in and travelling from South America.

Thankfully, there should be no such issue this time around.

Pulisic began on the bench for the USA’s 1-1 draw with Jamaica last night, featuring only for the final 24 minutes.

He finished the tie unscathed, meaning a start for Chelsea might be just over the horizon.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.