Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Ben Chilwell is in the process of returning to training ahead of Monday night's Premier League fixture against Everton, but admitted there are fresh injury problems for Enzo Fernandez and Axel Disasi.

Injuries have restricted Ben Chilwell's availability throughout the course of this season, with the left-back having made just one brief substitute appearance since the trip to Brentford in early March, after picking up a knee injury while on international duty with England.

Mauricio Pochettino admits it has been disappointing not to be able to call on Chilwell more regularly so far this season, but he is hopeful the defender will be able to play some part when we host Everton in the Premier League on Monday evening.

'It’s not only him, too many players that we need are missing over the competition,' said Pochettino.

'But in his personal case, Chilly is in partial training with the team today and we will see if he can be in the squad on the bench for Monday. It is good news but he has not played too much this season.'

The news wasn't quite so good elsewhere, as Enzo Fernandez and Axel Disasi have both been in the treatment room at Cobham this week and Lesley Ugochukwu remains unavailable, although there is a chance Enzo and Disasi could still recover in time for Monday.

'We’ll see, Enzo and Axel are under assessment,' added our head coach. 'They have different types of issues. We don’t believe they are big issues but we will see if they can be available.

'At the moment, for now they are not training with the group after Sheffield United and that is why we don’t know if they can be involved or not on Monday.

'Lesley is doing his recovery. We will see if in a few weeks he can again be part of the training sessions with the first team. But it is day by day that we are assessing these guys.'

However, Pochettino does seem to have more options in his front line these days, with Cole Palmer continuing to impress and Noni Madueke finding the net against Sheffield United, on his first league start since February.

Mauricio explained why Palmer's role in the team has been evolving in recent matches and how Madueke's strong case for more involvement gives him plenty to think about.

'It’s the circumstances and the form of the player and the balance you need to provide in the two phases of the game, in possession and out of possession. That is the principle thing why sometimes we use different players in different positions, to provide the team with the best balance.

'With Noni, first of all it is about having space for him, because when the club signed Cole Palmer also he was here at the club and we signed another player in the same position as him.

'It’s all about adaptation and trying to find the dynamic that Palmer and him can play together. I hope Noni can be consistent playing in the starting XI and can show his quality. But of course it is always about finding the right balance in the team.

'When Palmer arrived and was doing really well, sometimes you cannot play with two players in the same position. But Noni has the talent and hopefully he can grow and be an important player for Chelsea in the future.'