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Dec 6, 2023 at 8.15pm UK
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Chelsea team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole rounds up Chelsea's injury and suspension news ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Fresh from an increasingly rare home victory in the Premier League, Chelsea return to the road to tackle Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

The Blues emerged victorious from a five-goal thriller with Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, where a pair of Enzo Fernandez efforts and a Levi Colwill header proved decisive.

Mauricio Pochettino's men have leapfrogged West London rivals Brentford into 10th place in the table ahead of their reunion with old foes Man United, who have not pulled up trees either this season.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up Chelsea's latest injury and suspension news ahead of their clash with the Red Devils, who were deservedly beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United last time out.


Malo Gusto

Chelsea defender Malo Gusto after his sending off against Aston Villa on September 24, 2023.© Reuters

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

Malo Gusto was again unavailable for Chelsea during their contest with Brighton owing to a tendon problem, and the right-back will also miss the journey to Old Trafford.


Ben Chilwell

Chelsea's Ben Chilwell looks dejected after the match on September 24, 2023© Reuters

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

Ben Chilwell has helplessly watched on from the sidelines for several weeks due to his hamstring injury, and it is still unclear when the left-back might be deemed ready for first-team duties again.


Christopher Nkunku

Chelsea forward Christopher Nkunku on August 3, 2023© Reuters

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

Pochettino decided against risking Christopher Nkunku for the clash with Brighton as the Frenchman completes the final stages of his recovery from a knee injury, and he will not make the squad at Old Trafford either.


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

On the other hand, the hapless Wesley Fofana will be consigned to the treatment room for another several months with an ACL injury, which could render him unavailable for the rest of the campaign.


Trevoh Chalobah

Trevoh Chalobah in action for Chelsea in July 2023© Reuters

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

In the middle of October, Chelsea revealed that Trevoh Chalobah had to take a step back in his recovery from a thigh problem due to complications, and the defender remains unavailable for selection at this juncture.


Carney Chukwuemeka

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

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

Carney Chukwuemeka also suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a knee problem a couple of months ago, and the ex-Aston Villa youngster remains in the care of the medical team for the foreseeable future.


Romeo Lavia

Southampton's Romeo Lavia on July 26, 2023© Reuters

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

Similar to Nkunku, Romeo Lavia was also overlooked for his long-awaited debut at the weekend despite almost shaking off his ankle problem, and Pochettino has determined that the Belgian midfielder is not ready for his baptism at Old Trafford.


Marcus Bettinelli

Chelsea's Marcus Bettinelli in action as he makes his debut on January 8, 2022© Reuters

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

Backup goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has been away from the first team for some time due to an unspecified injury, which will also prevent him from making the squad this time around.


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: Muscle
Possible return date: Unknown

Lesley Ugochukwu has joined Chelsea's lengthy list of absentees with a muscular problem, and it is unclear when the former Rennes starlet will be available for selection again.


Noni Madueke

England Under-21s's Noni Madueke walks off the pitch after sustaining an injury on November 21, 2023© Reuters

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

Similarly, Noni Madueke has also been ruled out of this encounter with a muscular concern, although Pochettino is hopeful that the winger will not be sidelined for too long.


CHELSEA'S SUSPENSION LIST

Conor Gallagher

Chelsea's Conor Gallagher is shown a red card by referee Craig Pawson after receiving two yellow cards on December 3, 2023© Reuters

Return date: December 10 (vs. Everton)

Reece James and Marc Cucurella will both return from one-game bans this week, but captain Conor Gallagher must now serve his own suspension, having been dismissed for two bookable offences against the Seagulls.

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