N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva: Chelsea injury news ahead of Brighton clash – football.london – Football.London

Chelsea will be desperate to keep tabs with Liverpool and Manchester City on Wednesday evening as they take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Reds and Man City are both in action this evening and could extend their advantage over the Blues should they secure three points tonight.

That makes it even more imperative for Chelsea to defeat Brighton, but Thomas Tuchel will be waiting anxiously on the fitness of some of his key players.

So, with all of this being said, football.london rounds up the very latest injury news coming out of Stamford Bridge ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League match.

N’Golo Kante

Kante was one of Chelsea’s standout performers on Sunday afternoon as they beat Aston Villa at Villa Park, but the France international was substituted in the second-half.

At the time, Blues supporters thought that may have been Tuchel protecting the midfielder, who has struggled with injuries over the past few months.

However, speaking after the match on Sunday, the Chelsea boss confirmed that Kante was in some pain and that was why he was substituted.

What Tuchel has said: “N’Golo is very painful in exactly the same spot where he had his injury versus Juventus.”

Expected return date: N/A



N'Golo Kante was one of Chelsea's standout performers on Sunday afternoon as they beat Aston Villa at Villa Park (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
N’Golo Kante was one of Chelsea’s standout performers on Sunday afternoon as they beat Aston Villa at Villa Park (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Thiago Silva

Silva was taken off on 52 minutes at Villa Park after suffering a hamstring injury – so it looks set that the Brazil defender will miss the clash with Brighton.

What Tuchel has said: “With Thiago it was his hamstring. Hopefully he got out before it became an injury and from there we try to continue and find a new squad and strong squad on Wednesday.”

Expected return date: N/A

Kai Havertz

Havertz felt unwell before the trip to Wolves earlier in the month and did not travel, despite testing negative for Covid-19.

The Germany international also did not take part in recent victories against Brentford and Aston Villa, but with two more days of training under his belt before Brighton, the Chelsea star could be in contention for the clash.

Expected return date: Brighton (H), Wednesday, December 28

Timo Werner

Werner was one of the Chelsea players that tested positive for Covid-19 before their draw with Everton earlier in the month.

There has not been any update on when the Germany forward will return to action, though.

Expected return date: N/A

Ben Chilwell

Chilwell has been sidelined with a knee injury that he picked up against Juventus in the Champions League group stages.

He is set to make a return before the end of the season, with some suggestions that he could be back before the end of January.

For the time being, though, the England defender is back in light training as he prepares to make a comeback in the New Year.

What Tuchel has said: “He is in a good place mentally and physically. He did some running [December]. Everything looks good, so hopes are still up. But we cannot confirm [that he returns in January].”

Expected return date: New Year

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