N’Golo Kante, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz: Latest Chelsea injury news ahead of Brighton

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Chelsea will look forward to the Premier League midweek clash against Brighton and Hove Albion having picked up an all-important three points against Aston Villa.

A double from Jorginho, coupled with a goal from Romelu Lukaku, reignited the west London club’s title charge which seemed to be dimming down after the recent Wolves and Everton draws.

“For today, very big,” Thomas Tuchel said on the win. “The boys are super tired, it was huge. We had a bit of a rough start, we were not sharp enough, I had the feeling we tried to get away with skilful play but there were some last percentages missing in sharpness and in intensive effort.

“Still, we didn’t allow too much and then we went behind through an own goal, a very unlucky one. But the reaction was good in the first half, second half even better. After our second goal we struggled a bit for ten minutes with the reaction from Villa but then we controlled the match and had big chances on the counter attack.”

Despite the joy of getting back on the right track, victory yet again came at a cost, just like it has in many games. football.london rounds up all the latest injury news ahead of the Brighton clash on Wednesday evening.

N’Golo Kante

The Kante conundrum that Tuchel has faced over the last few weeks appears to have backfired despite a solid performance from the 30-year-old.

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In the 63rd minute, he was substituted off for Mateo Kovacic in a move that seemed to just be tactical at the time but later was revealed to be an injury.

What Tuchel has said: “N’Golo is very painful in exactly the same spot where he had his injury versus Juventus.

Expected return date: N/A

Thiago Silva

The injury curse that has at times hit the Chelsea squad hard appeared to claim its latest victim in the form of the Brazilian.

In the 52nd minute, he walked gingerly off the pitch as he was then replaced for Andreas Christensen, who has suffered his own back problems in recent weeks.

What Tuchel has said: “With Thiago it was his hamstring. Hopefully he got out before it became an injury and from there we try to continue and find a new squad and strong squad on Wednesday.”

Expected return date: N/A

Ben Chilwell

The left-wing-back has been sidelined with a knee injury that he picked up against Juventus in the Champions League group stages.

He is set to make a return before the end of the season, with some suggestions that he could be back before the end of January.

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However, for the time being he is back in light training and gearing up for a return further down the line.

What Tuchel has said: “He is in a good place mentally and physically. He did some running [December]. Everything looks good, so hopes are still up. But we cannot confirm [that he returns in January].”

Expected return date: New Year

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Kai Havertz

The Germany international had a slight Covid scare before the trip to Wolves, feeling unwell in the build-up.

However, after several negative tests, it was confirmed he had not contracted the virus. The 22-year-old didn’t make the bench against Brentford in midweek and also didn’t make the reserve list for the contest against Villa.

With at least two more days of training, there is a good chance that we see the £70million man in the mix for the upcoming game against Brighton

Expected return date: Brighton (H), Wednesday, 26

Timo Werner

The German striker was another of those who tested positive for Covid before Everton, though there has been no mention on if or when he will be back involved again for the Brighton clash.

Expected return date: N/A

Source by Football London

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