Graham Potter has confirmed the seriousness of the injury suffered by Wesley Fofana against AC Milan in an update ahead of Chelsea’s next match against Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday, as well as discussing when Marc Cucurella and N'Golo Kante could return.
Potter was speaking to the media following his team’s final training session before hosting Wolves at Stamford Bridge and discussed the extent of the injury which forced Fofana out of our Champions League game on Wednesday evening and how long we can expect him to be out of action.
Chelsea vs Wolves - Wesley Fofana injury update
Defender Wesley Fofana made a great start to his first Champions League match at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening by scoring the first goal of our 3-0 victory over AC Milan, but his game was ended prematurely before half-time after he had been visibly struggling with a knee problem following a foul by Rafael Leao.
Thankfully, Potter confirmed the injury doesn't seem to be as serious as first feared.
'Wesley’s knee’s not as bad as we thought after the game, so that’s good because it was a cause for concern at the time, but it will still be a few weeks I think. It’s considerably better than it could be, but he will obviously be missing for a few weeks,' he explained.
'It’s just a knee strain so there’s a possibility we might see him play against before the World Cup. It depends on how his rehab goes, I don’t want to put too much of a timescale on it, but there’s a chance of that.'
Chelsea vs Wolves - N'Golo Kante injury update
N'Golo Kante is back in training, having not featured since August due to a hamstring issue, but Potter explained that he will take his time with the Frenchman's return to make sure there is no recurrence of the injury.
'He’s doing more and more integration with the team. He’s still not ready for the weekend but getting closer.
'It is what it is, there’s nothing we can do, the injury happened and now it’s about trying to get him back fit and getting him as ready as we can so he can play for a sustained period.
'He’s been in and out with injuries over a period of time so we have to make sure that when he’s back he’s back for good and strong and enjoying his football. So there’s no frustration from my perspective, it’s just something we have to deal with.'
Potter also revealed that he is pleased with the progress his team has made during his first month as Chelsea head coach, but is still just taking things game by game and not looking too far ahead during this busy spell until the World Cup.
'I think we’ve made a little bit of progress in terms of my first day to now, as you would expect and hope. But there’s a long way to go and I think the thing is we have to just focus on the next match. It’s as simple as that.
'We’ve got this incredible amount of games to play, so rather than think too much about what will happen at the end of the season we’ll just focus on the next game.'
Chelsea vs Wolves suspension
There are no Chelsea players suspended for this game, but Wolves will be without Ruben Neves, who picked up his fifth booking in the Premier League in their 2-0 defeat at West Ham last week, and Nathan Collins following his red card in their previous match, a 3-0 loss to Manchester City.
Chelsea vs Wolves injury list
Potter also confirmed that Marc Cucurella is now completely recovered from his recent illness and is in contention for place in his team against Wolves.
'He’s fully recovered now, he just needed the time. He was on the bench against Milan so he’s had more time, more recovery and he will be involved tomorrow.'
Jorginho and Kai Havertz could also both play after coming off the bench during the second half against Milan following injury, and Edouard Mendy was among the substitutes for the first time in over a month when we faced the Italian champions.
Wolves are without new signing Sasa Kalajdzic, who sustained a serious knee injury last month. Pedro Neto went off injured against West Ham, and Hee-Chan Hwang is also a major doubt with an adductor muscle strain. Another attacker, Raul Jimenez, is out, as is long-time absentee Chiquinho.