Chelsea injury news and return dates for Brentford clash amid Nkunku update


Mauricio Pochettino continues to face an ongoing injury crisis at Chelsea ahead of the Premier League clash against Brentford on Saturday. The Blues are unbeaten in their last four fixtures across all competitions as they look to maintain their unbeaten run.

Pochettino revealed that Reece James will not start against the Bees as Chelsea continue to manage his fitness following the club captain's return to action last weekend. The Chelsea boss gave a positive update on Christopher Nkunku this week as the Frenchman started individual light training.

Benoit Badiashile is expected to be involved in the matchday squad, whilst Armando Broja is being assessed after suffering from an irritation on his knee. So, with that being said, football.london has taken a look at the latest news to come out of the treatment room at Cobham.

Christopher Nkunku
Nkunku is still yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea following his transfer from RB Leipzig in the summer. The 25-year-old was dealt a major blow to his knee during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.

He has taken his recovery programme to the next level– for the very first time since the summer, Nkunku was spotted outside on the training pitches at Cobham in his Chelsea gear. Now, Pochettino has hinted that the France international could return to action after the November international break.

Armando Broja
Broja was omitted from the matchday squad to face Arsenal last weekend. He is currently being assessed for an irritation on his knee and is unlikely to face Brentford.

What Pochettino said: "Broja wasn't available and to decide to play with Nico after the surgery on his wrist, it was to find a different way to play in our principles but I think to change the strategy to attack."

Possible return date: Blackburn Rovers (H) - Wednesday, November 1

Nicolas Jackson
Jackson returned to the matchday squad against Arsenal and was brought off the bench late into the game. He underwent a minor operation on his wrist during the international break, but he seems fine now.

What Pochettino said: "Broja wasn't available and to decide to play with Nico after the surgery on his wrist, it was to find a different way to play in our principles but I think to change the strategy to attack.

Axel Disasi
Disasi featured in Chelsea's 4-1 win over Burnley before the international break. Unfortunately, the defender suffered a quadricep injury during the match and was ruled out of France's matches against Netherlands and Scotland.

He returned to the matchday squad to face Arsenal last weekend and he's been back in training as normal this week.

What Pochettino said: "We need to assess Axel Disasi, assess Nico Jackson, we need to assess also Reece. Broja is out because rotation problem in his knee but it is another knee, not the one that was the problem from the past. We have a few players that we need to assess to see if they're available, if they can play, if they're on the bench or if they're off the list completely."

Benoit Badiashile
Another who is yet to play for Chelsea this season, Badiashile has been sorely missed in the opening handful of games. The Frenchman also returned to the matchday squad to face Arsenal and has been back in training as normal this week.

Possible return date: Brentford (H) - Saturday, October 28

Romeo Lavia
According to the Mail, Lavia is expected to remain out of action until late November despite having taken promising steps towards a full recovery. The report states that the Belgian was able to take off his protective boot last week and he's since begun his rehabilitation programme at Cobham training ground.

The Mail adds that a return in November is viewed as 'optimistic'. It's believed that the west Londoners are cautious of rushing him back ahead of schedule, meaning that Lavia may not return until early December.

What Pochettino said: "I cannot tell you [when he will be back] but he is still not running. After the international break he will not be back."

Possible return date: Late November to early December

Trevoh Chalobah
Chelsea issued an official statement confirming that Chalobah picked up a knock ahead of the clash against Arsenal. The defender has been nursing a thigh injury this season.

Possible return date: November

Carney Chukwuemeka
Last week, Chelsea issued an official statement confirming that Carney Chukwuemeka had also picked up a knock ahead of the meeting with Arsenal. The teenager has struggled with a knee problem despite only recently returning to full first-team training at Cobham.

Possible return date: Unknown

Ben Chilwell
Pochettino previously admitted that he is unsure when Chilwell will return to action. football.london understands it is now likely to be around two months before he is seen again.

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