BREAKING NEWS: Manchester City Manager Pochettino broke down in tears as another Key Chelsea player goes off injured during International game this night, a very sad moment for Chelsea fans as the injury seems to be a career ending injury.

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With one half of the international break now complete, Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino are looking forward to the trip to St. James’ Park next weekend. It appears as though the list of those sat on the sideline for the Blues is finally decreasing, with some key names set to return in the coming weeks.

Before England’s 2-0 win over Malta last night, it was announced that midfielder Conor Gallagher had actually come into the training camp with a knock from their clash with Manchester City.

Elsewhere, Wesley Fofana provided an update to his fitness via his social media channels. Much of Fofana’s young career has been stained by long-term injuries, including both his time at Chelsea and Leicester City, with the French international hopeful of an imminent return.

Trevoh Chalobah, Carney Chukwuemeka and vice captain Ben Chilwell are those still trying to recover from long-term issues and are unlikely to return anytime soon after the international. With that said, here’s a look at the latest injury news and possible return dates for those who are currently sidelined

Conor Gallagher
Before England’s win over Malta last night, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate announced that Gallagher had come into the camp carrying a slight knock but that he was perfectly fine to train with the group.

He admitted that the 23-year-old was ‘sore’ from something that happened in the 4-4 draw against Manchester City last weekend, but he was fine to start in the qualifiers as England gear up for the 2024 Euros, playing 45 minutes of the 2-0 win.

What Southgate has said: “He has got tremendous drive. This week was a classic for me. He has come with a bit of a knock from the weekend but he walked through the door saying ‘it is a bit sore but I will be fine for Friday’.

“There was no way he was going home, there was no way he wasn’t going to give himself every chance. He wasn’t able to train for the first few days but he was determined he would be available and that, in a nutshell, is what is going to be one of his greatest strengths which will allow himself to achieve everything he might in the game because his mentality is outstanding.”

Possible return date: Newcastle United (A) – Saturday, November 25

Wesley Fofana
Fofana is set to miss most of the season after rupturing his ACL in pre-season training ahead of the tour of America. Yet, while it remains to be seen when he will return, he’s posted a promising update to his Instagram story.

The star posted an image of his feet, wearing football boots and with the phrase ‘After [a] long time’ and a running emoji alongside a football emoji.

Possible return date: April 2024

Christopher Nkunku
Nkunku is still yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea following a major blow to his knee during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund but could be set for an incredible return ahead of schedule. After his transfer from RB Leipzig in the summer, he’s finally been seen out on the training pitches at Cobham in a huge boost to supporters.

After constant teases from the star via his social media channels as he shared videos of him working out his knee, doing keepy-ups and even a message earlier this week saying ‘See you soon’. Pochettino also revealed that the Frenchman is targeting an ambitious return soon after the international break.

What Pochettino has said: “We had some conversation and he said to me, ‘Coach, I want to be ready for after the international break, Newcastle’. I asked him yesterday and he said ‘hmmm’, and I said ‘you are liar’. ‘No, no I am ready’. It is close and he is doing really well. We are so happy with him, the way he is recovering, he is very professional.”

Possible return date: Newcastle United (A) – Saturday, November 25

Levi Colwill
Colwill missed Sunday’s game due to a shoulder injury, understands. The 20-year-old had started all 11 of the Blues’ opening Premier League games of the season after returning from his successful loan spell at Brighton & Hove Albion.

The defender was named in the England squad but later pulled out due to injury.

What Pochettino has said: “I don’t know, Jesus, how is Levi? [press officer: we’ll update in the next 24 hours].”

Possible return date: Newcastle United (A) – Saturday, November 25

Romeo Lavia
On Friday afternoon, Lavia posted a selfie to his Instagram story. The youngster also accompanied the image with a picture of his tied football boots, with a smiley face and blue heart emoji as his caption.

Lavia has been nursing an ankle issue since he arrived at Stamford Bridge and he’s still yet to make his debut for the Blues. Last month, the Belgian was dealt a major setback on his road to recovery, pushing his return date back to late November, maybe December.

What Pochettino said: “Romeo Lavia is also close. They trained today on the pitch. Hope that next week will be involved with the team and see after. Day by day see when it is possible to play with the team.”

Possible return date: December.

Trevoh Chalobah
Chalobah has been nursing a thigh injury and is still yet to feature for Chelsea this season.

Possible return date: Unknown.

Carney Chukwuemeka
Chukwuemeka picked up a knock ahead of the game with Arsenal and then made the bench against Burnley, but the midfielder has since been hit with another setback. He has struggled with a knee problem which he suffered against West Ham earlier in the campaign.

Possible return date: Unknown

Ben Chilwell
Chilwell suffered a knock towards the end of Chelsea’s clash with Brighton in the Carabao Cup at the end of September. Unfortunately for the Blues defender, the club quickly realised that the muscle issue was worse than first thought and, more than a month later, he’s still out of action.

What Pochettino said: “I can not tell you [when he will be back]. It is difficult to know. He is away from the training ground now and we will wait for him to come back to see the situation. Hopefully, he can recover as soon as possible.”

Possible return date: December

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