Report: Chelsea only have four days left to recall 22-year-old from his loan, it's impossible after

Chelsea reportedly have until the 14th of January to reclaim Dujon Sterling from his loan with Blackpool.

This is according to Goal, who say the window of opportunity to bring the young defender back to the capital is closing rapidly.

Why is Sterling back in sight?

Attentions have turned to the 22-year-old due to the defensive injury crisis currently being endured at Stamford Bridge.

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Both Ben Chilwell and Reece James are going to be side-lined for a period of time, meaning Thomas Tuchel must cope without his two primary wing-backs.

Tuchel can call upon Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, yet their ages permit a constant run in the side.

He is also able to deploy the likes of Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi in unorthodox positions, however, each of their efforts are best served elsewhere across the pitch.

Therefore, a more natural wing-back option is required.

Who could Chelsea go for?

A lot of focus has been directed toward the left flank, with Lucas Digne and Sergino Dest mentioned as possible solutions.

Digne looks set to sign for Aston Villa, whilst Dest firmly remains a Barcelona player.

However, the latter can also play on the right, so would certainly be a desirable addition to Tuchel’s squad.

Sterling meanwhile has been playing and excelling as a right-back for the entire campaign in a Blackpool jersey.

Dujon to don the blue this season?

He would definitely be a likeable choice amongst Chelsea supporters, who love nothing more than to see their academy graduates flourish in the first-team.

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Yet, a lack of Premier League or top-flight experience might hamper his chances of returning to the capital prematurely.

Plus, the Tangerines will almost certainly try and deflect the Blues away from Sterling for as long as possible.

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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.