Chelsea injury news, return dates of Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante, and Aubameyang ahead of Salzburg clash.
On Wednesday night, Chelsea will host Red Bull Salzburg at Stamford Bridge, and Graham Potter must cope with a lot of injury concerns.
Last week, in what turned out to be Thomas Tuchel’s final game as manager, the Blues lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League group stage opening.
As a result, they are currently last in Group E.
Despite losing in Croatia, AC Milan and Salzburg drew, leaving everything still up for grabs.
With, the newly-appointed boss looking to mark his debut with a win, he’ll be hoping to recapture Chelsea’s European fever.
Chelsea injury news ahead of Salzburg
In Chelsea’s clash with West Ham, Mendy was caught in the ribs by Jarrod Bowen as part of a controversial collision that saw a late equalizer denied by VAR. The Senegal international subsequently missed the clash with Zagreb, though with last weekend’s game was postponed granting him time for recovery.
What Tuchel said:“He was in a lot of pain, and we have to see. It’s too early to comment on that. I think at the moment he is a bit unlucky in what he is doing. In training, he is fantastic, and he is, in general, a very calm and self-reflective guy who is aware that he lacks a little bit of luck at the moment.
“Things do not go in his favour. If he has maybe a situation where his action isn’t 100% clear, he gets punished for it massively. He is just in this moment, and it feels like it’s not so much his fault. I have the feeling because he tries everything, he is very calm and focused. We will keep on supporting him.”
Aubameyang’s jaw was broken by house robbers just days before swapping the Camp Nou for Stamford Bridge.
According to The Times, the Blues flew the 33-year-old out to Milan to be fitted with a mask so that he could feature as soon as possible.
His treatment obviously worked, with Aubameyang featuring for Chelsea versus Zagreb last week. Again, with a number of days extra recovery without action, the striker could be match fit and raring to go.
Expected return date: September 14 – Salzburg (H)
Chelsea’s star midfielder continues to recover from the hamstring injury that he picked up during the game against Tottenham.
In his press conference ahead of West Ham.
Expected return date: Unknown
The defender picked up an injury tweak in the 2-1 Leicester win in game week 5. As a result, he wasn’t in the traveling squad for the Southampton loss.
However, he did return as an unused sub in the West Ham and Zagbreb clashes. Whether or not he starts against Salzburg remains to be seen with the competition for places hot, following Wesley Fofana’s arrival.