In the surprisingly rough and tumble (and scoreless) encounter on Sunday against Arsenal, two important members of Chelsea's first team picked up injuries. Pedro added an ankle problem to his recent record of injuries versus the Gunners (including multiple facial fractures in the friendly over the summer), while David Luiz managed to break his wrist after a tussle with Sead Kolasinac led to a collision with the advertising boards on the sideline. (Perhaps also giving us a bit of insight as to where David Luiz’s mindset was at the end of the game when he was sent off for a reckless lunge at Kolasinac.)
Fortunately, both are doing well in their recovery. According to head coach Antonio Conte, Pedro will be fit to play this weekend.
"Pedro is fit for the game against Stoke on Saturday. Now it is very important to prepare. It is a very important game for us. This season Stoke have won at home against Arsenal and drawn against Manchester United. We must be ready."
-Antonio Conte; source: London Evening Standard
David Luiz is also ready to return to the pitch, although he will not be able to feature in our next two Premier League games due to his suspension for the aforementioned red card. But he should be able to take part in our Champions League encounter with Atlético Madrid on Wednesday.
"He must be okay. David is an important player for us. For sure he will be ready for the game against Atletico Madrid."
-Antonio Conte; source: The Independent
Combined with Eden Hazard’s return to full fitness, that game against Atletico could be the first time all season that Antonio Conte may be able to field his best starting eleven all season.