Graham Potter has revealed Mason Mount will not join up with the England squad in the forthcoming international break because of injury, but the head coach had better news today regarding the availability of N’Golo Kante for Chelsea’s game against Everton.
Mount hasn’t featured for the Blues since last month, while Kante's absence dates all the way to August.
Speaking to the media at his press conference to preview tomorrow’s fixture against the Toffees, Potter provided an update on the midfielder as well as Raheem Sterling, also not in the England squad, and Kante, back in training in recent weeks.
Chelsea vs Everton Kante injury update
‘There is a chance for him to be in the squad,’ reported Potter.
‘It would be the first time [since Potter took charge] so it’s fantastic. Managers before me have spoken very highly of N’Golo because he’s a top, top player.
‘He’s been a huge miss to us. That’s not to say the other players haven’t given absolutely everything because they have, but N’Golo Kante is N'Golo Kante. A top player.
‘It’s great for us he’s back. We need to be mindful of the fact he’s had a long injury. We need to be mindful of the fact he’s had a long injury and we need to take the next steps to get him up to speed in the Premier League, which is what we’ll do.’
Chelsea vs Everton injury Sterling and Mount update
Potter also confirmed Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta were still absent, and he will be without two other regulars for the Everton game.
'Raheem has a problem with his hamstring,' reported Potter.
'It’s not too serious but he’ll miss the game at the weekend and he’ll miss the international break.
'It’s the same as Mason. Mason has been struggling a little bit with his pubic bone. He wasn’t 100 per cent the last game and is still not quite there, so he will miss the England camp as well.'
Fighting through the storm
Potter was in a jovial mood at Cobham, and after a video of him at a Club Chelsea event last night went viral on social media, in which he underlined our desire to win the Champions League, the head coach detailed the positive sentiment around the club at the moment.
‘After three wins you have to say life is better. Results give everybody a bit of belief and a bit of happiness, and that’s what we’re here for, we’re here to win.
‘Results weren’t good enough and we all have to take responsibility for it. It’s handy to have luck, it’s important, but you can’t wait for that to come around.
‘You have to keep going and fight through the storm. There was a storm for a period of time, absolutely, but we’ve come out of it with three wins and now we need to carry on.’
Chelsea vs Everton injury list
Reece James and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed last week's win at Leicester due to injury and illness, while Mount and Azpilicueta have not featured since last month, the former picking up a knock in training and our skipper being monitored in accordance with concussion protocols.
Armando Broja remains unavailable as he continues to work on his rehabilitation and Thiago Silva is also ruled out. Edouard Mendy has returned to training.
Everton manager Sean Dyche has ruled out winger Andros Townsend until at least the end of April due to injury, while striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin's chances of recovering from a thigh problem in time to feature in tomorrow's game seem slim. However, Nathan Patterson could return at full-back, after featuring for Everton's Under-23s in recent weeks.
Chelsea vs Everton suspension
There are no suspensions for either side in this match.
Players who accumulate 10 yellow cards in Premier League matches up to and including our 32nd fixture will serve a two-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League booking list
Gallagher 5, Havertz 4, Koulibaly 4, Kovacic 4, Mount 4, Azpilicueta 3, Chalobah 3, Cucurella 3, James 3, Sterling 3, W Fofana 2, Aubameyang 1, Badiashile 1, Chilwell 1, Hall 1, Kepa 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Mendy 1, Pulisic 1, Thiago Silva 1, Ziyech 1
Chelsea vs Everton referee and VAR
Referee: Darren England
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Darren England is refereeing Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League. His only other Blues match was our home FA Cup tie against Morecambe in January 2021.