Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to have four players available for the first match after the international break against Arsenal.

Chelsea have been ravaged by injuries throughout Mauricio Pochettino’s short tenure in charge so far. The Argentine is currently sweating on four players ahead of this weekend’s Premier League match at home to Arsenal, while six others have already been ruled out.

Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. The Blues have won three matches in a row in all competitions but haven’t won a home league match against the Gunners since August 2018.

Pochettino would ideally want a full-strength squad to choose from against Mikel Arteta’s side, who are yet to lose a top-flight game this term. But there are as many as 10 players in the Chelsea squad who are either ruled out already or potentially unavailable.

Wesley Fofana suffered an ACL injury before the season started and faces a fight to play at all this term. Christopher Nkunku is also yet to play since his summer arrival, with his own knee injury set to keep him out until the new year.

Pochettino will now be sweating on the condition of four other players. Captain Reece James could be set to return after a two-month lay-off.

He has served his one-game suspension for confronting an official in the tunnel after last month’s loss to Aston Villa. James hasn’t played since the opening weekend of the season against Liverpool.

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