Latest Chelsea injury news as 7 miss Bournemouth with Benoit Badiashile and Armando Broja boosts


Chelsea have been handed a huge double boost to their squad this week as they prepare to travel to the south coast and face Premier League rivals Bournemouth on Sunday.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino would've been wary over the international break of his already-problematic injury issues being exacerbated within his squad but it appears as though the Blues have done more recovering than suffering over the two-week break.

One of those players set to return is Benoit Badiashile, who has been out with a thigh injury, after he returned to first team training and is said to be fully fit going into this weekend's clash with the Cherries.

The reintroduction of the 22-year-old will be huge for Pochettino who has seen his defensive options drop like flies over the first few weeks of the season to long-term injuries.

Another star set to return is Armando Broja, who has been out for over ten months following his ACL injury he suffered in the winter break last season in a friendly against Aston Villa.

In recent weeks, he's returned to training at Cobham but is now reportedly set up for a first team appearance according to the Albanian FA who seemed to confirm he's ready to go ahead of this weekend.

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"Armando Broja has completed the recovery phase," President Amando Duka said. "We expect him to be on the bench with Chelsea this week, that is, ready to return to the field."

Mykhailo Mudryk is another star who confirmed his fitness to be up to scratch over the break, playing 122 minutes across Ukraine's two 2024 Euro qualifiers in the past few days.

Elsewhere, club captain Reece James has been out on the sidelines since suffering a hamstring injury after the opening weekend 1-1 draw against Liverpool but could be fit for a return by the start of October.

Summer signing Romeo Lavia is also set to miss the clash after he injured his ankle in a training session over the international break, which could see him miss up to six weeks of action.

There's no immediate return on the cards for Christopher Nkunku and Wesley Fofana with the pair suffering respective knee injuries that required surgery over pre-season. Both are now starting their rehabilitation phase of their recovery process with the club.

Midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka is also out for the match against the Cherries after he went down with a knee injury of his own against West Ham, but is expected to be ready to play at some point in the next month.

Trevoh Chalobah is continuing to build his fitness in order to return to training but understands he'll have little chance to feature under Pochettino before the January transfer window, when he's expected to leave the club. Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli is also on the sidelines with an injury and will miss out.

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