Chelsea team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Brentford – Sports Mole

Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday evening when they square off against surprise package Brentford.

The Blues currently sit at the top of the standings, holding a slender one-point advantage after their 3-1 victory over Southampton before the international break.

However, ahead of squaring off against their seventh-placed opponents, head coach Thomas Tuchel has a number of injury issues to contend with before settling on a starting XI.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up all of Chelsea’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of their short trip to the Brentford Community Stadium.


Chelsea's Christian Pulisic celebrates scoring their first goal on April 27, 2021© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: October 16 (vs. Brentford)

Pulisic has been unavailable since picking up an ankle injury at the start of September. While the USA international is closing in on a return to action, the winger is unlikely to feature at the weekend.


Chelsea's Reece James celebrates scoring against Arsenal in the Premier League on August 22, 2021© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: October 16 (vs. Brentford)

James was forced to miss international duty with England after twisting his ankle against Manchester City last month. However, the defender has since returned to training, putting him in contention for a place among the replacements against the Bees.


Chelsea defender Thiago Silva pictured on November 4, 2020© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: International duty
Possible return date: October 16 (vs. Brentford)

Tuchel has previously insisted that Silva will return from international duty in time for Saturday’s fixture. However, when taking travel and fatigue into consideration, the Brazilian defender is unlikely to participate in this game.


Chelsea's N'Golo Kante goes off injured against Leicester City in the Premier League on May 18, 2021© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Coronavirus
Possible return date: October 16 (vs. Brentford)

Kante tested positive for coronavirus before the international break, forcing the midfielder to spend a period in isolation. The Frenchman has already returned to training, but his fitness will be assessed over the coming days.


Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger pictured in September 2021© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Back
Possible return date: October 16 (vs. Brentford)

Rudiger missed Germany’s World Cup qualifier with North Macedonia on Monday with what was described as a back problem. The ever-present centre-back will be assessed over the coming days.


Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku on August 28, 2021© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Muscle
Possible return date: October 16 (vs. Brentford)

Lukaku played no part of Belgium’s UEFA Nations League third-place playoff due to muscle fatigue. While the forward will have had a week of recovery by the time that kickoff arrives on Saturday, he remains a major doubt for a starting place.


CHELSEA’S SUSPENSION LIST

Chelsea have no players suspended for this match.


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