Chelsea vs Manchester City injury update: Two Blues stars set to return while City face transfer blow

Chelsea looking up after recent slump with the chance of two key players returning for the Manchester City game.

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Chelsea are looking at the positives ahead of their Premier League game against Manchester City on Thursday night.

Graham Potter’s team endured a very difficult game against Nottingham Forest and the pressure is on them to get back to winning ways - but against reigning champions Manchester City they will be the underdogs.

They will welcome back Edouard Mendy, though it remains to be seen whether he will be picked ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. Manchester City themselves have lost one, drawn one and won one of their last three games. But they have been given a lift with Arsenal drawing against Newcastle last night and will come to Stamford Bridge looking to close the gap.

Senegal international Mendy has not been involved since the World Cup but he will be delighted to have been able to take part in full training this week after being sidelined with a shoulder issue.

Graham Potter confirmed he was back in training and was available to play a part. Also returning is Hakim Ziyech who had an impressive World Cup in Qatar. He showed tremendous improvement when he was introduced in the game against Forest last weekend.

Potter said: “Both of those guys (Kovacic and Ziyech) will be back. “Mendy we are not sure, we’ll have to see in the next few days. He has a problem with his bone [around his shoulder] that he picked up at the World Cup. He may still need a bit of time.”

Manchester City also face challenges with Bernardo Silva wanting to leave the club if the right opportunity avails itself. The midfielder is one of the best players in Pep’s team and the fact that he’s thinking of leaving will be a distraction