Chelsea’s opponents on the opening weekend of the 2019/2020 Premier League season have suffered a massive injury blow.
Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in Shanghai on Thursday afternoon and Eric Bailly was one of the 11 changes that were introduced at half-time.
However, just minutes later Bailly went down with an injury and, looking visibly upset, was stretchered off the pitch and back down into the United changing room.
With that said, what is the latest injury news for the Blues?
football.london runs you through who is in the treatment room at Cobham and who has a chance of featuring against the Red Devils.
Willian was a late call-up to Brazil’s Copa America squad to replace Neymar and he had a big impact on his country getting to the final.
However, he wasn’t able to help his team win the competition as he suffered a knee injury in the semi-final and had to miss the victory over Peru.
Willian has been back at Cobham recovering well and was expected to be out for three weeks from the injury, meaning that the winger should be available for the opening Premier League game against Manchester United.
N’Golo Kante was a massive worry ahead of Europa League final, hardly training and looked like he would miss the match in Baku.
Against the odds, Kante ended up paying the full game but then missed France’s international fixtures in June.
The World Cup winner, who was included on the pre-season trips to Ireland and Japan, is still having some issues and was actually sent home from the latter by Frank Lampard.
Speaking after the brilliant 2-1 victory over Barcelona in Saitama, Lampard provided an update on the player’s fitness ahead of the opener against Manchester United.
“Yeah, he is okay,” he said. “It was a decision that I made because I felt that him being here, with the facilities and the moving, travel etc. that we have been doing, it probably wasn’t the most beneficial for him.
“He went back, has had a few days at Cobham, working well, progressing, so hopefully by the time that we get back at the end of the week I will sit down with the doctor to hopefully know that he will be back with us very soon.”
The good news is that the ex-Leicester City man is back alongside his teammates at Cobham as a tweet from Chelsea’s Twitter account on Friday showed him jogging with the rest of the squad.
Lampard will have his fingers crossed that the player will be back in time for the clash against Manchester United.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek worked his way into Maurizio Sarri’s starting plans and was a key member of the end-of-season success.
However, in the post-season friendly ahead of the Europa League final, Loftus-Cheek suffered the same fate as Callum Hudson-Odoi and ruptured his Achilles’ tendon.
He has finally been able to take off the protective boot on his foot, however it is still going to be some time before Loftus-Cheek is back to full fitness.
First run today 🤩 pic.twitter.com/2CaYbmuqnN
— Ruben Loftus-Cheek (@rubey_lcheek) July 15, 2019
The midfielder posted a video on social media giving fans an update of where his recovery was.
Antonio Rudiger has been one of the better signings of the last couple of years, playing in the centre of defence and really winning over the Chelsea fans.
However, it is going to be off the back of a meniscus injury, when he hobbled off at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) July 17, 2019
Rudiger has been doing some light running outside at Chelsea’s training ground, however will not play much part over the course of the summer.
Like Loftus-Cheek, Rudiger has taken to social media to provide an insight into his rehabilitation.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is Chelsea’s hope to be the long-term replacement for Eden Hazard, with the 18-year-old showing lots of potential and already having made his England senior debut.
But the winger is going to have to do it coming back from an awful injury when he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon towards the back-end of last season against Burnley.
Hudson-Odoi has been back at Cobham recovering from the injury and has been doing some ball-work and running outside, with the teenager hoping to be back for towards the start of the campaign.
Reece James will be hoping to push for a place in the first team this year after a superb loan season with Wigan Athletic in the 2018/19 campaign.
However, his chance to impress in the summer was cut short after damaging ligaments in his ankle during the Toulon Tournament.