helsea have been boosted by the returns of Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech for right this moment’s Premier League conflict in opposition to Nottingham Forest, with each gamers on the bench this afternoon.
Blues boss Graham Potter additionally revealed that Senegal stopper Edouard Mendy has been coping with a shoulder damage for the reason that World Cup, ruling him out once more right this moment.
Mendy missed Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and is absent once more right here, with first-choice goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga backed up by Marcus Bettinelli.
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“We are not sure about Mendy,” mentioned Potter in his pre-match press convention. “We’ll have to see in the next few days. He has a problem with the bone around his shoulder, that he picked up at the World Cup. He may still need a bit of time.”
Ziyech and Kovacic are each on the bench in opposition to Forest having stepped up their respective returns following the World Cup, with Juventus loanee Denis Zakaria protecting his place in midfield after an all-action show to see off Bournemouth.
The injured Reece James is changed by membership captain Cesar Azpilicueta on the again in the one change from the win over Bournemouth.
Chelsea beginning XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly, Cucurella; Jorginho, Zakaria, Mount; Sterling, Havertz, Pulisic.
Subs: Kovacic, Aubameyang, Bettinelli, Chalobah, Ziyech, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Hutchinson, Corridor.
Date: Sunday, Metropolis Floor, 4.30pm GMT, Sky Sports activities.
Referee: Peter Bankes.
Injured: James (knee), Kante (hamstring), Fofana (knee), Chilwell (hamstring), Loftus-Cheek (calf), Broja (knee), Mendy (shoulder).
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