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Kepa, Koulibaly, Kovacic: Chelsea injury update ahead of Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal clash with expected return dates

Kepa, Koulibaly, Kovacic: Chelsea injury update ahead of Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal clash with expected return dates

Graham Potter avoided revealing too much about Chelsea’s lineup against Dinamo Zagreb since his club had nothing to gain from the match.

The Blues are already assured of winning their group after last week’s 2-1 victory over RB Salzburg, so they may rest players for Sunday’s crucial match against Arsenal.

Potter, who has the opportunity to utilize numerous youth players who have practiced with the first team and give Denis Zakaria his first Chelsea minutes, is not taking the game lightly. 

He stated, “We have to have respect for the competition and respect for the teams.

“We have to prepare to win. We’re at home, we want to finish the competition off well at this stage, and we want to respond from the disappointment of the weekend. We’ll pick a team that we think can win with respect to the opponent, and we’ll try our best.”

However, he will be without a number of first-team players. SportsDias has the newest information.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

The current number one goalkeeper for Chelsea was replaced at halftime versus Brighton due to a foot injury, and he missed the final pregame training session.

After the game on the southern coast, the manager commented “He felt the bottom of his foot, so I don’t know, it’s too early yet. It was too bad for him to carry on. So that is disappointing for him because he is in a really good moment.”

Edouard Mendy was always likely to participate in the game due to its diminished significance, but he is now very guaranteed to do so.

What Potter said: “ Kepa won’t be available for the game. Slight issue with his plantar fascia. Looking at probably days but certainly not for the game tomorrow.

Expected return date: Arsenal (H), November 6th.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Since injuring himself late against Brentford, the Senegalese defender has missed all of Chelsea’s matches, including the triumph against RB Salzburg and the loss to Brighton.

What Potter said: “He will, provided there’s no reaction. He trained today, so he was fine. He’s available and in the squad tomorrow.

Expected return date: Dinamo Zagreb (H), November 2nd.

Mateo Kovacic

The Serbian has played through injury for a number of weeks and began against Brighton, playing the whole ninety minutes.

What Potter said: “It’s just precautionary with his calf. He’s got a chance for the game tomorrow. We’ll make the decision later on.”

Expected return date: Arsenal (H), November 6th.

Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana had a knee injury against AC Milan at the beginning of October, which was expected to sideline him “for a few weeks.”

The Frenchman will now travel to Dubai to continue his rehabilitation.

What Potter said: N/A

Expected return date: Bournemouth (H), December 27th.

Reece James

Similarly to Fofana, James will go to Dubai to consult a knee specialist after limping off hurt against AC Milan earlier this week.

James was first assumed to be okay, but his injury worsened in the days following the match, and he will miss at least eight weeks.

He will not play prior to the World Cup break, but he may still make Gareth Southgate’s side.

If his initial recovery goes well, he may be able to play at some point during the knockout stages if he returns to action within eight weeks, which would be the beginning of December. Currently, he is wearing protective boots.

What Potter said: N/A

Expected return date: Bournemouth (H), December 27th.

Kepa, Koulibaly, Kovacic: Chelsea injury update ahead of Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal clash with expected return dates

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