Huge Chelsea injury boost ahead of Brentford with key players expected to return
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel would be delighted with how his players performed over the international break.
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Attackers such as Kai Havertz and Timo Werner both found the back of the net for their country.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was a hero again after producing a fantastic penalty shoot-out heroics to help Senegal beat Mohamed Salah’s Egypt and secure a ticket to the World Cup in Qatar.
Most of the Chelsea players have already helped their countries qualify for the World Cup to be played later this year, and so a number of them were just involved in friendly matches as preparations.
Most of the players who were out injured before the internationals have taken advantage of the break to to boost their fitness and give themselves a chance to take part in what is left of the season.
Reece James has only been involved in a handful of games for the Blues since the turn of the year, but was called up for England and later pulled out due to injury.
The good news is that he was spotted back in training at Cobham and is in line to make a return against Brentford this weekend.
Hudson-Odoi has been out for almost a month with a reported calf issue but the club released a video where he was back in first-team training during the international break.
He will be hoping that he is back in the team against Brentford, to make up for lost time having been on the treatment table as the club navigated some of the toughest periods on and off the pitch.
Saul has improved since his disappointing Chelsea debut, even though there is still a feeling within his camp that he is just still not at his absolute best at the club.
With the business end of the season upon us now, the Spanish midfielder will hope his latest Covid issue is behind him and can get back into the side and help them in their quest to finish as high as they can and win some trophies.
Chillwell is progressing well following an operation on his knee, but there is a real chance that he will not be ready this season and all efforts are now being made to have him back for next season.