Chelsea team news: players who could miss Everton clash, what Thomas Tuchel has said

A look at the latest Chelsea team news as the Blues prepare to kick off their new Premier League campaign against Everton.

Chelsea are finally back in Premier League action this weekend.

The Premier League gets going again on Friday night, and on Saturday evening, the Blues will kick off their campaign with a trip to Merseyside.

Chelsea take on Frank Lampard’s Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday night, and they will be eager to get off to a bright start.

After a turbulent end to last season, Thomas Tuchel and his men will want to show their potential heading into the new season.

And ahead of the clash with Everton, we have rounded up all the Blues team news.

Injury news

Chelsea have more or less a clean bill of health heading into the opening weekend.

Timo Werner has shaken off a hamstring injury to return on time, but Ben Chilwell hasn’t quite completed his recovery on time.

The full-back is not quite match fit, or at least not to the level he needs to be to start the season.

At this stage, there is no need for the Gunners to take any unnecessary risks.

New signings

Chelsea will be able to call upon a number of new signings, including Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and even Carney Chukwuemeka.

The paperwork for the Marc Cucurella has not quite gone through at time of writing, and that could mean he is not eligible to play this weekend.

Though, given Chilwell’s likely absence from the starting lineup, it would be useful if Chelsea could get clearance on time.

The Blues can still call upon the trusted Marcos Alonso, despite uncertainty over the Spaniard’s future.

What Tuchel has said

Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea are in good shape, but he did explain why Chilwell is unlikely to start this weekend, despite being close.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed that a deal for Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Marc Cucurella is imminent, with the Blues hoping to complete the transfer before their Premier League opener against Everton tomorrow evening. Picture by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

“He looks better and better, but it seems he needs a little bit more time to adapt to the rhythm and physicality,” he said in his pre-match press conference.

“He is impatient, we will never expect him to be fully patient. He knows everything needs its time, he will get the time.

“It’s a very, very demanding league and we have to take care of him. We can’t just throw him in and see what’s coming.”