Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Premier League fixture against Leicester City, Graham Potter has revealed three members of his squad have been ruled out by injury, but there was good news on what could be the imminent return of N'Golo Kante.
The Blues travel to the King Power Stadium tomorrow and Graham Potter provided the usual update on the latest injury news within his squad, and there was bad news with three more players seemingly ruled out of this fixture.
However, there were more promising updates on the recoveries of N'Golo Kante and Mason Mount, while our head coach highlighted the fact those injuries could provide opportunities for others, including Mykhailo Mudryk and Marc Cucurella.
Leicester vs Chelsea Aubameyang, James and Sterling illness and injury update
Potter revealed the unfortunate news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Reece James and Raheem Sterling have all had issues this week, making it unlikely they will feature at the King Power Stadium, although suggested that could provide an opportunity for Mykhailo Mudryk.
'Reece has been ill so hasn’t trained today, so he won’t make the game tomorrow, said our head coach. 'Raheem had a little feeling in his hamstring, more tightness than anything, so he’s looking doubtful for tomorrow as well. Aubameyang’s had a slight problem with his back, so again he’s looking like he’ll miss the game. Apart from that everybody’s okay.
'Mykhailo certainly comes into the equation. He’s a player we believe in a lot, he’s adapting to the new situation. When he arrived he was at the start of a pre-season campaign really, so to just come in and hit the Premier League running is not so easy to do. But day by day and week by week he’s getting stronger and stronger, so he will be in the squad tomorrow and there’s a chance that he could play.'
Leicester vs Chelsea Kante and Thiago Silva injury update
N'Golo Kante is yet to play under Potter, having been unavailable since suffering a hamstring injury in our home game against Tottenham back in August, but revealed the Frenchman is now close to a return.
He also discussed the chances of him and Thiago Silva coming straight back into the line-up once they have recovered, and what that would mean for other players who have had to wait patiently for their chance in the team.
'N'Golo won’t be in the squad, he still needs some more time to build up. We’re aiming maybe towards the game against Everton, but unfortunately not for tomorrow.
'The most important thing for N’Golo and Thiago is to get them back injury free and then the more good players we have the better. Then it’s football deciding, in terms of performances and results. That’s where we’re at, obviously on the back of two good results, but things change, opportunities arise and we just have to keep working like that.
'You just need to do the maths, only 11 can play and we’ve got more than 11. So inevitably the players missing out are not going to be happy, there’s no point denying that. That’s not to say they haven’t been really professional, really supportive of the team and there’s always injuries, there’s always things that happen.
'You look at the situation for Marc Cucurella, for example. He wasn’t in the squad and then came in against Dortmund and was fantastic, played a really good game and contributed to us winning. The players know that they just need to be ready, keep fighting and make sure when their chance arrives they’re in a good position to play, that’s how football works.'
Leicester vs Chelsea Mount injury and contract update
Mason Mount is another player who has been missing recently, having been forced to sit out our last two matches due to injury. Potter provided the latest on Mount's recovery and his thoughts on negotiations over a new contract between the player and club.
'He’s the same as everybody else, he wants to play. At the moment he’s just suffering with a slight injury so he probably needs a little bit more time before he’s available properly. But he’s happy around the place, he wants to help the team. That’s absolutely normal with Mason, there’s no change in that. He wants to help, wants to the team to win, wants to get injury free and play football.
'Ultimately the contract is between the club and Mason, but I’ve spoken to him numerous times about his situation and football and life generally. My feelings for Mason are clear, I think he’s a fantastic person but sometimes these things happen. They’re just complicated and it’s best that I speak little about it and let them get on with it in deciding what’s right for both parties.
'I’m not naive, I know it’s an important time for him, it’s an important contract and these things have to be right for him and his family and it’s important that he makes the decision on that basis.'
Leicester vs Chelsea injury list
Christian Pulisic returned from injury against Borussia Dortmund in midweek, but Armando Broja remains unavailable as he continues to work on his rehabilitation and Thiago Silva is also ruled out. This game is likely too soon for Edouard Mendy to make his return too.
Leicester don't expect Youri Tielemans, Victor Kristiansen or former Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand to be back in action until the start of next month, while James Justin is ruled out for the rest of the season. However, both Harvey Barnes and Jonny Evans are back in training with a chance of featuring on Saturday.
Leicester vs Chelsea 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, James 3, Sterling 3, Cucurella 2, Aubameyang 1, Badiashile 1, Chilwell 1, W Fofana 1, Hall 1, Kepa 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Mendy 1, Pulisic 1, Thiago Silva 1, Ziyech 1
Leicester vs Chelsea referee and VAR
Referee: Andre Marriner
VAR: Graham Scott
Andre Marriner is the official for a Chelsea game for the first time in just over a year, since he took charge of our 4-0 win at Burnley.