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Chelsea confident about defensive trio returning from injury after 2022 FIFA World Cup

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Chelsea are confident that Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana and Reece James will return from injury after the World Cup

Chelsea are confident that the defensive trio of Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana and Reece James will be available for selection after the World Cup ends next month, according to the Evening Standard.

Fofana picked up his injury against AC Milan in the Champions League last month and has not featured for the club since. The summer signing is recovering well from his injury but will miss the World Cup with France later this month.

James picked up a knee injury during his side’s 2-0 win over Milan last month. The 22-year-old had been one of the best players for his side this season, but will not be travelling to Qatar later this month.

Chelsea confident that Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana and Reece James will return from injury after the World Cup. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Reece James is still recovering from his knee injury and will miss the World Cup later this month. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

As for Chilwell, the England international picked up an injury during his side’s 2-1 home win over Dinamo Zagreb earlier this month. His hamstring injury has also ended his hope of playing in this year’s World Cup.

Such injuries to first-team players has reduced Graham Potter’s options for the next game against Newcastle United this Saturday (12 November). The manager will also be without N’Golo Kante and Kepa Arrizabalaga, with both players also on the sidelines.

Chelsea confident that Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana and Reece James will return from injury after the World Cup.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Ben Chilwell will also not be going to the World Cup this year. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

If this was not enough, there are also doubts over the fitness of Jorginho and Carney Chukwuemeka, adding another headache for the gaffer before his side’s final Premier League game before the break for the World Cup starts.

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The Blues have been in poor form in the past couple of matches. Potter will hope for a win to ease the minds of the fans, but that will not be an easy task. The Magpies have been in good form this season and could cause problems to the visiting side.

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