Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion meet in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, both looking to rebound from their recent setbacks.
The Blues were defeated 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals by Real Madrid on Wednesday, while the Seagulls were defeated 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Meanwhile, the Blues have some new worries ahead of their Premier League match against Brighton on Saturday.
Chelsea’s major injury problems this season appear to be over, with several stars returning and many more remaining fit after lengthy absences. However, the new interim manager, Frank Lampard has added a new name to the injured list.
Chelsea injury news and expected return dates
As the Blues look to finish their season on a stronger note, let’s have a look at the latest injury news ahead of the Brighton clash.
N’Golo Kante played 75 minutes for Chelsea against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening, but he was not featured in the newest round of Cobham training photos.
His absence could be due to an indoor recovery session, but a new injury blow could be on the way.
Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly started in a back three against Real Madrid, and after a lung-busting sprint to track back and deny Rodrygo a chance, the defender pulled up holding his hamstring.
Frank Lampard has delivered the most recent update on his injuries, revealing that he will miss this weekend’s game against Brighton. (Expected return date: Arsenal (A) May 2)
Following a clash with Southampton attacker Sekou Mara, Azpilicueta suffered a concussion. The defender was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and brought to the hospital, but he is already on the mend and hopes to return in the coming weeks.
Edouard Mendy appears to be back in contention for selection after a lengthy absence on the sidelines.
The Senegal international was the starting custodian under Frank Lampard during his first spell in charge, but it remains to be seen whether he will replace Kepa Arrizabalaga before the end of the season.
Chelsea have been without Broja since he suffered a knee injury in a pre-season match against Aston Villa.
Broja was expected to miss the rest of the season after learning that he needed surgery to repair a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee (Expected return date: Summer 2023).