Chelsea injury latest ahead of Dortmund including Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana boost

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Chelsea will take on Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night with some players fighting to be fit for the tie.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter will be hoping that European football is more favourable to him than Premier League has been lately.

The Blues are 10 points behind fourth placed Newcastle United in the Premier League top four race and so winning the competition will be one of the ways of ensuring they are part of it next season, its not impossible if you look at the history of the club.

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To do that though they have to first make it to the quarter final stage and standing in their way is Dortmund who are more than capable of causing an upset.

The Blues still have some players injured which has partly played a role in their struggles since Graham Potter took over- however there seem to be light at the end of the tunnel with Mateo Kovacic likely to be part of the trip to Germany as well as Wesley Fofana.

The likes of Reece James and Ben Chilwell injured for something are now also back and working their way back to full fitness and match fitness.

So with every one in mind, here are the players still out injured and when they are likely to be back.

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Mateo Kovacic

The Croatian midfielder has been training with the team even though his manager admitted the game against West Ham was too soon for him.

Having sat out the West Ham draw-he’s now likely to be ready for Dortmund.

Wesley Fofana of Chelsea is injured during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and AC Milan  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Wesley Fofana of Chelsea is injured during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and AC Milan  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Wesley Fofana of Chelsea is injured during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and AC Milan (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofan has been pictured in training making sliding tackles again and he would have been very close to making the team against the Hammers. It won’t be a surprise to see him in the squad in Germany.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling has been unlucky with injuries lately as he was out with a hamstring he picked up against his former side Manchester City in the Premier League.

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He then picked up a knee knock in training and missed the game against West Ham ver the weekend , Potter says it’s too early to tell when he could be back so highly unlikely he would be involved in Germany.

N’Golo Kante

Hasn’t kicked a ball since the second game of the Premier League season against Spurs- but LondonWorld understands he’s back in training even though he will give this one a miss.

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea looks on after leaving the field following medical treatment, shortly before being replaced  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)Christian Pulisic of Chelsea looks on after leaving the field following medical treatment, shortly before being replaced  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Christian Pulisic of Chelsea looks on after leaving the field following medical treatment, shortly before being replaced (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Pulisic

Another who picked up an injury against Manchester City and even though he’s been posting images on social media, he’s not expected back this month, most likely in March.

Edouard Mendy

Still recovering from a finger injury he picked up in training and his future still up in the air. Not likely to be involved anytime soon.

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Denis Zakaria

The Swiss impressed before a thigh injury against Fulham kept him out. Another who is likely to return for the Dortmund game though which is refreshing.

Armando Broja

Long term knee injury and will be lucky to kick a ball again this season.

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