Injuries have been a constant factor this season, perhaps more so than any other season in recent memory, and have undoubtedly played a great role in Chelsea’s relative struggles. Starting with Hazard’s broken ankle before the summer break had even begun in earnest, the Blues have had to deal with a wide variety of pulls, strains, and various other undisclosed ailments. Almost every single single senior player has missed time for one reason or another.
That theme continued last weekend with three players picking up injuries over the international break and unable to recover in time. Thibaut Courtois (hamstring), Pedro (some sort of physical problem), and Davide Zappacosta (tendon) joined frequent treatment table fliers Ross Barkley and David Luiz in having to observe from the stands as Chelsea succumbed to an historic home defeat to Spurs.
Fortunately, as reported by Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard, all but David Luiz returned to training alongside the rest of the team as Conte & crew start gearing up for West Ham on Sunday. While that’s no guarantee that they will play or be available to play on Sunday, at least their fitness is moving in the right direction.