Chelsea injury update: Silva, James and Mount latest news and return dates

The defender will miss the weekend trip to Leicester, for which Raheem Sterling is a doubt due to a muscle issue.

Already absent for the match were Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy, Armando Broja and Mason Mount.

A question trace hangs over Cesar Azpilicueta’s involvement while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to fail his bid to be fit.

Here is your latest update of Chelsea injuries and return dates…

Thiago Silva

Silva was initially ruled out for as many as six weeks when hit by a knee injury late last month, setting him up for a return after the March international fracture.

And Potter sounded a warning to any fans hoping for a quick comeback when, on Friday, he suggested he will not grasp risks with the veteran with the “most vital thing being getting him back injury free”.

Reece James

Graham Potter confirmed on Friday that Chelsea defender James had been struck down by illness, causing him to miss training and subsequently the match at Leicester.

It means he will maintain played in just four of the last 18 Premier League games after the King Power Stadium clash, although, all being well, he should be back to face Everton a week later.

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Mason Mount

An abdominal injury assign Mount on the sidelines last week and Potter outlined plans to support him back from playing for a dinky while longer, with a return against Everton possible.

The Chelsea boss said: “He probably needs a dinky bit more time. He is pleased around the plot and wants to encourage the team, that is normal with Mason. He wants the team to win, be injury free, and play football.”

N’Golo Kante

Kante is back in training but not available for the Leicester game, having not played since August due to a hamstring issue.

Next weekend’s Everton match has been described as a “maybe” by the midfielder’s manager.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

A back injury has ruled Aubameyang out of facing Leicester.

However, the issue was only deemed “slight” by Potter on Friday, raising hopes he will be back for the following match.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea continue to monitor Azpilicueta’s return from a concussion against Southampton some three weeks ago.

There are hopes he will be fit to face Leicester but the club maintain not confirmed his status, the defender having been pictured in training during the build-up.

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Edouard Mendy

It has been some time since Chelsea fans witnessed Mendy in between the posts and he will continue to be unavailable for the trip to Leicester.

However, the goalkeeper is training and could feature in a squad in the coming weeks.

Armando Broja

Young striker Broja’s season is over following a serious knee injury suffered in a mid-season friendly.

Surgery was required and the Albanian is now focused on his rehabilitation ahead of the coming pre-season.