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Premier League | Gameweek 31
Apr 4, 2024 at 8.15pm UK
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Malo Gusto, Ben Chilwell - Chelsea injury news ahead of Manchester United clash

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

On the back of another agonising setback, Chelsea take part in this week's marquee Premier League affair, hosting Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Mauricio Pochettino's charges could not get the better of a 10-man Burnley outfit at the weekend, drawing 2-2 with the relegation-threatened Clarets despite playing the entire second period with an extra player.

Still entrenched in mid-table obscurity, the Blues reside in 11th place in the rankings after Saturday's dismal showing, albeit just four points behind seventh-placed West Ham United with two matches in hand.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up Chelsea's latest injury and suspension news ahead of the contest with the Red Devils, who also took a point home from their clash with Brentford over the weekend.


Malo Gusto

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

Status: Minor doubt
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: April 4 (vs. Man United)

Up-and-coming right-back Malo Gusto had to be replaced in the dying embers of the Burnley stalemate with a hamstring concern, but he has trained this week and is expected to be given the green light to play here.


Romeo Lavia

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

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

Summer midfield signing Romeo Lavia has been a perennial occupier of the treatment room all season long, and due to a setback in his recuperation from a thigh injury, the Belgian will not play again for the rest of the campaign.


Christopher Nkunku

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

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

Another luckless 2023 arrival, Christopher Nkunku, has been sidelined since the beginning of March with his own hamstring issue, and while a comeback in April is not beyond the realm of possibility, no date has been pencilled in yet.


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

Nkunku's compatriot Wesley Fofana is still on the mend following his latest severe knee injury, and at the start of last month, Pochettino conceded that the defender is unlikely to play again before the campaign concludes.


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

Another injury-riddled defender, Reece James, is no closer to making his comeback from a hamstring injury, but Pochettino is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be available before the end of the campaign.


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 is yet to turn out for Chelsea in 2024 owing to a hamstring injury, and he is still undergoing his recuperation programme with no timescale on his return.


Carney Chukwuemeka

Chelsea midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka preparing to score against Leicester City on March 24, 2024.© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of issue: Knock
Possible return date: Unknown

Carney Chukwuemeka was initially said to have sustained a "slight knock" on international duty, but he ultimately had to withdraw from England's Under-21s squad and was unavailable for the draw with Burnley as well. Little is known about the midfielder's concern, but he is not expected to appear for the Blues on Thursday.


Levi Colwill

Chelsea's Levi Colwill celebrates after the match on August 25, 2023© Reuters

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

Levi Colwill is working his way back from a painful toe injury and is still being restricted to his rehabilitation programme, so he will not be at Pochettino's disposal for the Man United visit.


Robert Sanchez

Chelsea's Djordje Petrovic comes on as a substitute to replace Robert Sanchez on December 10, 2023© Reuters

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

Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez had only just come back from a knee injury and played two FA Cup ties before picking up another unexplained issue, which will render him unavailable this week as well.


Trevoh Chalobah

Trevoh Chalobah in action for Chelsea in July 2023© Reuters

Status: Minor doubt
Type of injury: Unspecified
Possible return date: April 4 (vs. Man United)

Likewise, Trevoh Chalobah was added to Pochettino's injury list prior to the draw with Burnley, but the Chelsea boss has confirmed that the defender is on track to return against the Red Devils.


Ben Chilwell

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

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: April 4 (vs. Man United)

Ben Chilwell could not contribute to the draw with Burnley due to a blow to the knee, and Pochettino revealed on Wednesday that he had yet to report for training this week, so a comeback on Thursday is highly unlikely.


CHELSEA'S SUSPENSION LIST

Chelsea have no suspended players for this match.


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