The England full-back missed the World Cup in Qatar after a knee damage however is working his method again in direction of full sharpness.
In the meantime, Blues boss Graham Potter expects Wesley Fofana to be out for a “couple of weeks” after a setback within the France defender’s restoration from his personal knee concern.
“Reece has been training with us, and he completed 65 minutes in the week,” mentioned Potter, referring to Chelsea’s pleasant in opposition to Brentford.
“Wesley just had a little setback, as can sometimes happen at the very last stage of rehab. So he’ll be a couple of weeks.”
Edouard Mendy has been again in coaching with the Blues after his World Cup exploits with Senegal.
Armando Broja will miss the remainder of the season after tearing knee ligaments, whereas Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a heel drawback, Ben Chilwell a thigh concern and N’Golo Kante is out till at the very least February after hamstring surgical procedure.
Chelsea had 12 gamers on the World Cup, with Potter explaining that group has “dripped back in” – barring Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic.
Morocco’s Ziyech and Croatia’s Kovacic got here nose to nose within the third-fourth place play-off, with each Blues stars but to return to west London coaching and unavailable on Boxing Day.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Kepa; James, Koulibaly, Chalobah, Cucurella; Jorginho, Gallagher; Mount, Sterling, Havertz; Aubameyang.
Tuesday December 27, 5.30pm GMT, Amazon Prime Video
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Simon Hooper
Chelsea squad from: Kepa, James, Koulibaly, Chalobah, Cucurella, Jorginho, Gallagher, Mount, Sterling, Havertz, Aubameyang, Mendy, Azpilicueta, Silva, Zakaria, Chukwuemeka, Corridor, Casadei, Pulisic.
Injured: Broja (knee), Chilwell (thigh), Kante (hamstring).
Unavailable: Ziyech, Kovacic.
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