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FA Cup | Fifth Round
Feb 28, 2024 at 7.30pm UK
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Chelsea team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Leeds United

Sports Mole rounds up Chelsea's injury and suspension news ahead of Wednesday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Leeds United.

Chelsea return to action on Wednesday night when they play host to Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round.

This game comes just three days on from the EFL Cup final with Liverpool that went to extra time, in which the Blues suffered an agonising defeat courtesy of a 118th-minute goal from Virgil van Dijk.

However, with Chelsea viewing this competition as a priority to try to secure European football for next season, Mauricio Pochettino must find a way to successfully negotiate this tie against the Championship outfit with a team full of tired players and a lengthy injury list.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up Chelsea's latest injury and suspension news ahead of the contest with Daniel Farke's in-form side.

Thiago Silva

Chelsea's Thiago Silva receives medical attention on February 12, 2024© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Groin
Possible return date: February 28 (vs. Leeds)

Thiago Silva has missed the last two matches with the groin issue that he sustained against Crystal Palace on February 12. Although a return cannot be ruled out, it appears highly likely that he will remain absent for this fixture.

Carney Chukwuemeka

Chelsea's Carney Chukwuemeka leaves the pitch after receiving medical attention on August 20, 2023© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: February 28 (vs. Leeds)

Carney Chukwuemeka twisted his ankle during training earlier this month and has subsequently missed the last two matches. As it stands, it appears that the midfielder is struggling to recover in time for Wednesday's encounter.

Benoit Badiashile

Chelsea defender Benoit Badiashile suffers an injury on February 7, 2024.© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Groin
Possible return date: March 11 (vs. Newcastle United)

Benoit Badiashile is nursing a groin problem and has subsequently missed the last three games, with the Frenchman not expected to return to action until the middle of next month at the earliest.

Wesley Fofana

Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana after suffering a knee injury against AC Milan on October 5, 2022.© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Wesley Fofana is yet to make a single appearance for Chelsea this season due to a long-term knee injury and the defender is facing a race against time to return before the end of the campaign.

Reece James

Chelsea's Reece James applauds fans after the match on August 13, 2023© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: Unknown

Reece James underwent hamstring surgery just before Christmas and it remains to be seen whether the Chelsea captain will recover before the end of the season.

Romeo Lavia

Romeo Lavia in action for Chelsea on December 27, 2023© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Thigh
Possible return date: Unknown

Romeo Lavia, who has made just one substitute appearance since joining Chelsea last summer, is still recovering from a thigh injury that has kept him sidelined since the end of last year, and there is currently no timescale on his potential return.

Lesley Ugochukwu

Chelsea's Lesley Ugochukwu in action with Bournemouth's Ryan Christie and Philip Billing on September 17, 2023© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: Unknown

Lesley Ugochukwu sustained a hamstring injury in the loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Christmas Eve and it remains unknown as to when the midfielder could return to the first-team fold.

Marc Cucurella

Chelsea's Marc Cucurella is shown a yellow card by referee Simon Hooper on November 25, 2023© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: Unknown

Marc Cucurella last played for Chelsea in an away win at Everton in early December in which he sustained an ankle injury that required surgery. The left-back has since been pictured in light-training, though, and it is thought that he is targeting a return at some stage next month.

Christopher Nkunku

Chelsea's Christopher Nkunku on December 19, 2023© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Unspecified
Possible return date: March 30 (vs. Burnley)

Pochettino revealed at Tuesday's press conference that Christopher Nkunku will be sidelined for up to four weeks with an unspecified issue.


Chelsea have no suspended players for this match. However, Cesare Casadei remains unavailable courtesy of having already represented Leicester City in this competition earlier in the season.

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