Mauricio Pochettino has revealed whether Cole Palmer and Ben Chilwell are likely to be involved in Saturday's match against Burnley after suffering small injuries on international duty with England, and discussed Romeo Lavia's continued absence.

Several members of Mauricio Pochettino's squad have been returning to Cobham over the last couple of days after representing their countries during the March international break.

With a home Premier League fixture against Burnley fast approaching on Saturday afternoon, our head coach is in the process of evaluating any fitness or injury concerns for those who are returning.

Ben Chilwell is one of those with a question mark over their availability after picking up an issue in England's 2-2 draw with Belgium on Wednesday evening, having started both the Three Lions' matches, despite only returned from a previous injury as a late substitute in the Blues' final game before the break.

'Still we need to assess a few players like Chilwell who came back from the national team after playing two games, after he didn’t play with us,' said Pochettino. 'He got a knock in his knee.

'Today he was all right to train and now we will see what happens tomorrow, if he can be available to be in the squad or not. We need to assess him.

'I don’t know if I was surprised he played both games. He could not play for us, because he didn’t play after Brentford, he only played a few minutes in the game against Leicester in the FA Cup.

'It was a little bit a situation when he starts two games, maybe it’s a surprise for us, but it’s bad luck because he got a dead leg in the last moment of the game against Belgium. Now we need to struggle because we need him to play in our club. That is another piece of bad luck that we have because now we need to assess if he can be available or not.'

Looking at the rest of his squad, Pochettino explained it is too soon to tell on some of the late returnees such as Enzo Fernandez, who featured for Argentina in the early hours of Thursday morning, but he is hopeful Cole Palmer will be available for the weekend after sitting out both of England's matches.

'A few other players also like Enzo still didn’t arrive and today was a training session to put all of them a bit at the same level to check for tomorrow to prepare the game and see if they can be available. But not too many new problems.

'I was talking with Cole. He’s a little bit disappointed because he could not play and perform with the national team. The first game was with a small problem. I think he thought he could maybe play the second game against Belgium but didn’t play.

'Now he’s okay, he was training well. There’s still one training session more tomorrow but the plan is, if he can train in the same way tomorrow he will be available for the game on Saturday.'

One player who definitely won't be involved against Burnley is Romeo Lavia, after it was announced earlier in the week that the injury suffered by the midfielder at the end of last year will keep him out of action for the remainder of this season.

It is a painful blow for the Belgian, whose involvement has been limited throughout his debut campaign at Chelsea, following a summer move from Southampton, but Pochettino and his staff will be doing everything they can to help him come back strong and put his injury problems behind him.

'It's a really difficult situation for him and of course he’s sad, he’s not happy. He's only played 30 minutes, for a player who arrived new in the club,' added Mauricio.

'It’s something that sometimes happens in football. When the club signed him he arrived with problems from Southampton. Now it's a different problem than the one he had from Southampton.

'In nine months he was only with us training for a few weeks. He arrived and he could not train and then when he started to train with us he suffered an injury to his foot. After he was training with us again for a few weeks, he was available at Wolves but didn’t come on and then against Crystal Palace he played 30 minutes and got injured in his quad. From December we haven’t had the possibility to train with him, because he was never really close to being available.

'It’s really sad news because always a new player when he arrives at a club wants to perform, wants to help the team. Now we need to wait for the next pre-season and the next season for him to be available again and try to help the team. For sure we are going to help him to become stronger and be available for pre-season and then next season to show his real quality.'