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Chelsea handed massive boost as star man returns to full training

Chelsea handed massive boost as star man returns to full training Chelsea handed massive boost as star man returns to full training




















Chelsea handed massive boost as star man returns to full training

Chelsea struggling to cope with injuries

It has been a tough week for Chelsea.

Taking four points from 9 does not sound abysmal, but it is probably the worst week of their season thus far.

After squandering a season’s worth of chances against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea left with a 1-1 draw. Hardly indicative of the flow of the game, but then when has football ever been?

If they were unlucky against Manchester United, they were phenomenally lucky against Watford in midweek: Manager Thomas Tuchel claimed that the Blues “stole three points”, such was their inferiority to the Hornets.

Then came a trip to the London Stadium and the game against West Ham on Saturday. Once again, Chelsea’s fortunes turned, with a freak Arthur Masuaku goal handing the hosts all three points, and sending Tuchel’s side back across London with nothing.

Injury-hit and threadbare, Chelsea’s season could well be set to derail should they not get their first-team options back, with those filling in flattering to deceive.

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Fortunately, however, one key man is on his way back.

Mateo Kovacic back in full training

As per Tom Roddy of The Times, key midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to bolster Tuchel’s hand, with the Croatian having returned to full training on Monday.

Chelsea host Leeds United this Saturday, and given that Saul Niguez has been substituted at halftime in both of his Premier League outings so far this season, Kovacic’s return next to Jorginho could come as a massive boost to the title-chasing Blues.

Will this help them pick up a key three points?

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 15 23 35
2 Liverpool FC 15 32 34
3 Chelsea FC 15 26 33
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
6 Manchester United 15 1 24
7 Arsenal FC 14 -3 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Aston Villa 15 -3 19
11 Leicester City 15 -4 19
12 Brentford FC 15 -2 17
13 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
14 Leeds United 15 -7 16
15 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
16 Everton FC 14 -7 15
17 Watford FC 15 -9 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 -23 10
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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
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