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Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez and Christopher Nkunku injury updates and return schedules ahead of Man City

Latest Chelsea injury news ahead of their Premier League match against Manchester City, with Mauricio Pochettino dealing with a number of concerns.

A triple Chelsea injury update has been given to Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League match against Manchester City. Early in the 2023–24 season, the Blues have been beset by injuries; however, Pochettino appears to be getting some relief as the number of players in the treatment room is decreasing.

Christopher Nkunku, Wesley Fofana and Romeo Lavia are a few of the players still out, and it seems unlikely that they will be back before the international break. Nkunku, though, might return in a few weeks, as Chelsea fans are thrilled about his most recent update.

Reece James, Benoit Badiashile, and Mykhailo Mudryk, among others, don’t seem to have experienced setbacks following spells out. Despite his upbeat message, Enzo Fernandez might not play in the match at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after being criticized by fellow Argentine Cristian Romero on Monday.

With that said, TopAfricaNews.com has compiled the most recent Chelsea injury updates along with probable return dates prior to the Blues’ matchup with the defending Premier League winners.

Mauricio Pochettino decided to take on Enzo Fernandez shortly before the hour mark, following his 4-1 victory over Tottenham, where he had been the victim of a strong challenge from Cristian Romero. Prior to Manchester City on Wednesday, Fernandez provided an update on his availability. Later, the midfield player was not visible in any training photos.

Enzo said “Thank you all for your messages. I am good, working in my recovery to get to the weekend in the best way *blue heart emoji*.”

Christopher Nkunku joined Chelsea in the summer after leaving RB Leipzig, but he hasn’t yet appeared in a match. A serious injury to the 25-year-old’s knee occurred during a preseason friendly against Borussia Dortmund.

Nkunku has advanced his recuperation program; wearing Chelsea gear, he was seen outside on the Cobham training pitches for the first time since the summer. Pochettino has now made a suggestion that the France international might play again following the international break in November. Nkunku shared a new update on Instagram on Wednesday, this time featuring him working out at Cobham’s gym and stating, “Getting closer.”

 WhatPochettino has stated: “He is doing well, I think he is close, I hope he can be involved soon. Maybe after the international break. Maybe not sure.”

Newcastle United (A) – Saturday, November 25 is one possible return date.

Last month, Armando Broja was left out of the matchday roster against Arsenal. It’s unclear when he will return while he is being evaluated for a knee irritation. Although Pochettino hinted at his involvement during his pre-match press conference, he was not named in the squad for the match against Tottenham.

“We were talking today [Friday], and maybe he will be available to be on the bench for Monday,” stated Pochettino. I hope he can participate.”

Potential return date: Sunday, November 12, Manchester City (H)

Romeo Lavia has taken encouraging steps toward a full recovery, but the Mail reports that she won’t be able to play until late November. According to the report, the Belgian started his rehabilitation programme at Cobham training ground after being allowed to remove his protective boot in October.

A return in November is seen as “optimistic,” according to The Mail. It is thought that the residents of west London are hesitant to send him back too soon, so Lavia might not make a comeback until early December. Lavia posted a message on Instagram and reposted a picture of himself working out. He wrote, “Late one,” and included images of some mobility, strength, and conditioning drills.

“I cannot tell you [when he will return], but he is still not running,” stated Pochettino. He won’t be returning following the international break.” December is one possible return date.

Trevoh Chalobah sustained a knock prior to the match against Arsenal, as confirmed by an official statement from Chelsea. This season, the defender has been recovering from a thigh injury. November is potential time of return.

Prior to the match against Arsenal, Carney Chukwuemeka sustained a knock, as confirmed by an official statement from Chelsea. After coming off the bench against Burnley, he suffered another setback and hasn’t appeared in a game this season.

The teenager only recently resumed full first-team training at Cobham, but he has battled with a knee issue. How long he will be absent is unknown.

Ben Chilwell was knocked down near the end of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup match against Brighton in September. Unfortunately for the Blues defender, the team discovered very quickly that the muscle problem was more serious than initially believed, and he hasn’t returned to action even after a month.

“I can’t tell you [when he will be back],” stated Pochettino. It is hard to say for sure. He has left the training area for the time being, and we will wait for him to return to assess the situation. I’m hoping he can get better as quickly as possible.”

Due to an ACL tear sustained during preseason training in front of the American tour, Wesley Fofana is expected to miss the majority of the season, with potential date of return of April 2024.

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