The SIX injury concerns facing Chelsea ahead of Newcastle United clash
The latest injury news from the Chelsea camp ahead of Newcastle United’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
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Reece James - ruled out
Reece James is set for another spell on the sidelines - just weeks after recovering from a hamstring problem.
Tuchel confirmed on Wednesday that the England international was set to undergo further scans after sustaining a muscular injury in Chelsea’s 4-0 win at Burnley.
The Blues boss said: “He has muscular problems in his other leg, not the previously injured leg. We need further examinations.”
While the extent is not as bad as first feared, it has been reported that James is likely to be out for two weeks, forcing him to miss the visit of Newcastle.
Ben Chilwell - ruled out
The England left-back is forecasted to miss the rest of the campaign after undergoing surgery on a torn ACL in December.
Christian Pulisic - could return
The USA star was due to start against Norwich City in midweek but was forced to withdraw through illness in the days leading up to the game.
On Thursday, Tuchel said: “He did not feel well in the morning. He had two bad nights and felt sick. Had a change of temperature, felt hot and then cold.
“We decided to leave him at home to rest.”
With Chelsea returning to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, there is a suggestion Pulisic will return to the matchday squad.
Cesar Azpilicueta - could return
Cesar Azpilicueta, captain of Chelsea, was substituted at half-time during the victory at Norwich on Thursday due to illness.
The Spaniard had been struggling in the build-up to the game and was eventually brought off after 45 minutes.
Tuchel said after Norwich: “Azpi at half-time didn’t feel well. Stomach problems. Looked pale. So we decided to change.”
That said, it is hoped that he will make a full recovery in time to face Newcastle.
Marcos Alonso - could return
The former Sunderland left-back has been suffering from illness and missed Chelsea’s last three games following a positive Covid-19 test.
However, reports in London suggest Alonso may return in time for Sunday after working on his match fitness this week.
Callum Hudson-Odoi - could return
Hudson-Odoi has been struggling with an achilles injury, last starting in the 3-2 victory over Luton Town on March 2.
The winger returned to full training this week, although was still left out of the squad for Thursday.
With that, it can be assumed the 21-year-old will be fit and available for this weekend.