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Mauricio Pochettino is sure to use the next two weeks wisely with the international break arriving directly after a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Positives may appear hard to find but the return of Reece James is set to come soon with Romeo Lavia also closer to making his debut after joining in the summer from Southampton and fears lessening on a potential absence for Levi Colwill.

Despite the transfer window being closed, there could still be opportunities in the free agent market and with other European windows still open, more windfall to potentially arrive for the west Londoners.

So, with that being said, stay with us at football.london as we keep you up to date on everything you need to know as it happens LIVE from Stamford Bridge

The new home Nike kit for the 2023/24 season features a classic design with white added to the blue, the glory of 1997/98 is celebrated in style. That was a season of European triumph for Chelsea as the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup was captured with the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Wise, Roberto Di Matteo and many other club legends in the side.

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Positives currently appear hard to find for Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino, however a major injury update will have undoubtedly given them a boost. football.london understands that Chelsea are expecting to have Benoît Badiashile fit for selection for their Premier League match with Bournemouth after the international break.

The Frenchman picked up a serious hamstring injury toward the end of the 2022/23 season which saw him miss the entirety of pre-season. With the rough return date set for Badiashile and Armando Broja fast approaching, Pochettino delivered the latest on the duo ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon.

They won’t play tomorrow,” Pochettino said. “We need to wait until after the international break and we will see. Maybe Misha [Mykhailo Mudryk] is closer than Broja and Badiashile, but we need to assess him day by day.”

Badiashile’s extended absence therefore means the returning Levi Colwill was thrust directly into the spot light with Wesley Fofana also diagnosed with a major injury in the summer. After selling Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea signed Axel Disasi from AS Monaco and despite the wealth of attackers at his disposal, Pochettino has played both in every game alongside Thiago Silva.

In possession, Ben Chilwell is deployed at left wing with Colwill shifting over to left-back, Malo Gusto dropping to right-back and Disasi and Thiago Silva operating in the middle of the back line.

However, the expected return of Badiashile could see things change drastically and football.london has taken a look at how he could affect the team with four players potentially on notice.

Moises Caicedo has sent a defiant message after his mistake played a key role in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Caicedo, starting just his second Premier League game for the club, lost possession in his own half with a turnover that allowed the hosts to break and score.

Nicolas Jackson has also responded to Caicedo’s post with a simple message of two praying hand emojis. The pair will now be central to the rebuild under Pochettino but must first turn attention to work with their national teams.

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