Chelsea travel to Turin this week to take on a struggling but improving Juventus side in our second Champions League group stage match. Juve, the current group leaders, are dealing with a couple injury issues (notably Paulo Dybala and Álvaro Morata), but Chelsea’s bill of health isn’t clean either.
Christian Pulisic continues to miss time with an ankle injury, and seems unlikely to be back even though he was originally expected to be back this time last week. Reece James’ own ankle injury looks potentially even worse as we await the official diagnosis and prognosis. N’Golo Kanté has recovered from his ankle problem — what’s with these things? — but was below par over the weekend after being “ill for some days”. Jorginho and Thiago Silva have been dealing with unspecified knocks as well, though they both played extensively on Saturday. Jorginho’s listed as “doubtful” by UEFA as is Mason Mount who did not play on Saturday, and may not be ready for Wednesday either (“it will be a matter of hours as to whether he makes it or not,” said Tuchel).
Hopefully we can get a bit healthier during the upcoming international break, but we have this game, plus a home game against Southampton on Saturday before then.
So, choose wisely.