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Chelsea handed massive boost as star man returns to full training

Chelsea handed massive boost as star man returns to full training

Chelsea struggling to cope with injuries

It has been a tough week for Chelsea.

Taking four points from 9 does not sound abysmal, but it is probably the worst week of their season thus far.

After squandering a season’s worth of chances against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea left with a 1-1 draw. Hardly indicative of the flow of the game, but then when has football ever been?

If they were unlucky against Manchester United, they were phenomenally lucky against Watford in midweek: Manager Thomas Tuchel claimed that the Blues “stole three points”, such was their inferiority to the Hornets.

Then came a trip to the London Stadium and the game against West Ham on Saturday. Once again, Chelsea’s fortunes turned, with a freak Arthur Masuaku goal handing the hosts all three points, and sending Tuchel’s side back across London with nothing.

Injury-hit and threadbare, Chelsea’s season could well be set to derail should they not get their first-team options back, with those filling in flattering to deceive.

Fortunately, however, one key man is on his way back.

Mateo Kovacic back in full training

As per Tom Roddy of The Times, key midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to bolster Tuchel’s hand, with the Croatian having returned to full training on Monday.

Chelsea host Leeds United this Saturday, and given that Saul Niguez has been substituted at halftime in both of his Premier League outings so far this season, Kovacic’s return next to Jorginho could come as a massive boost to the title-chasing Blues.

Will this help them pick up a key three points?

Read more:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6