Chelsea injuries and team news: Nkunku is BACK as Mudryk suffers CONCUSSION

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 17 May 2024 22:02 BST
  • 4 min read
Christopher Nkunku, Levi Colwill, Reece James, Chelsea, 2023/24
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Chelsea have been locked in an injury crisis for the past two years, although Mauricio Pochettino finally has the majority of his first-team available for selection.

The Blues' bench during their win over Tottenham Hotspur in early May had an average age of just 18.5, for example, but they have been buoyed by recent injury news.

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Christopher Nkunku is now fully fit, and marked his return with a goal against Brighton & Hove Albion after replacing Mykhailo Mudryk, who suffered a concussion injury after a collision with Tariq Lamptey.

The likes of Ben Chilwell, Levi Colwill, Lesley Ugochukwu and Raheem Sterling are fully fit, with only six players on the treatment table at Cobham.

Below, FootballTransfers runs through the latest Chelsea injury update.

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Chelsea injuries

Carney Chukwuemeka

Carney Chukwuemeka has missed most of this season through injury and while he was an unused substitute during the 5-0 loss against Arsenal, he was soon re-added to Chelsea's injury list.

Pochettino stated that Chukwuemeka had suffered a twinge of the same knee injury that ruled him out for the first-half of the campaign, but the Englishman is now back in team training.

Possible Return Date: Next season

Robert Sanchez

Robert Sanchez is back in partial team training, but he will not play again this season.

The Spaniard has been demoted to second-choice anyway and would likely have started on the bench even if he was fully fit.

Possible Return Date: Next season

Mykhailo Mudryk

Mykhailo Mudryk has been one of Chelsea's more regular players this season, due to a lack of injury problems, but the Ukrainian suffered a head injury against Brighton after a late challenge by Tariq Lamptey.

He has confirmed that his season is over and he will return next year.

Possible Return Date: Next season

Romeo Lavia

Romeo Lavia
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Romeo Lavia joined Chelsea injured and worked his way back to fitness, making a 32-minute cameo in December, before suffering another injury.

He is now out with a hamstring problem and the Blues have confirmed that he will not play again this season.

Possible Return Date: Next season

Enzo Fernandez

Fernandez successfully completed groin surgery following the defeat to Arsenal after suffering with a hernia problem for several months.

Chelsea have confirmed that he will not feature again this campaign, but he is hoping to feature for Argentina at the Copa America.

Possible Return Date: Next season

Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana suffered an ACL injury during pre-season and has missed the entire campaign. He will not feature until 2024-25.

Possible Return Date: Next season

Chelsea injury list

PlayerInjuryPossible Return Date
Carney ChukwuemekaKnee2024-25
Robert SanchezUnknown2024-25
Mykhailo MudrykConcussion2024-25
Romeo LaviaHamstring2024-25
Enzo FernandezGroin2024-25
Wesley FofanaACL2024-25

Chelsea suspensions

Reece James is suspended for Chelsea's match against Bournemouth. He was sent off for a kick-out on Joao Pedro versus Brighton. He will also miss the opening three games of the 2024-25 Premier League season.

Chelsea team news

Next fixture: Bournemouth - 19 May

Chelsea predicted line-up vs Bournemouth: Petrovic; Gusto, Chalobah, Badiashile, Cucurella; Caicedo, Gallagher; Madueke, Palmer, Nkunku; Jackson.

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