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Christopher Nkunku, Malo Gusto, Roméo Lavia still not ready; Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah back in light training

Injury update

Chelsea Training Session And Press Conference Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Christopher Nkunku was a full participant in training on Friday, but it would appear that he’s still not quite ready to make his debut, with Mauricio Pochettino admitting as much in the pre-match press conference.

“[We’re] still assessing day by day, [will] see tomorrow. I don’t believe that he will be involved but we need to assess day by day. We see also if Malo Gusto can be available...”

-Mauricio Pochettino; source: Football.London

So no Nkunku, no Gusto, and Roméo Lavia doesn’t even earn a specific mention. On Chelsea official’s injury update, they all get the semi-vague “reconditioning phase of rehabilitation” tag, either progressing or starting (in Gusto’s case).

Among those who are not yet in “reconditioning” are Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah, but we do have some good news regarding them, with both involved in some light training on Friday. Chalobah has yet to play this season and likely will not play for us again (unless something changes drastically with his situation) while Chilwell looks to be on track for an eventual return from his hamstring injury. He was initially expected to miss two months, but that was two months ago. So it may be a minute longer. (Assuming it does go well from here, and doesn’t turn out to require surgery like in the case of N’Golo Kanté last season.)

Carney Chukwuemeka (who’s back in the gym), Wesley Fofana (also in light training), and Lesley Ugochukwu (reportedly dealing with a muscle strain) remain out as well.

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