Chelsea are hoping to get back to winning ways against West Ham on Saturday after back-to-back draws in the Premier League.
Graham Potter‘s side are unbeaten in their last three outings but have only managed to score once, helping them beat Crystal Palace 1-0 last month, before going onto play out two goalless draws against Liverpool and Fulham.
They currently sit in ninth place and head to the London Stadium this weekend to face a relegation-threatened West Ham, with David Moyes’ position in the capital under threat.
Following the eight new January arrivals and many injured stars returning, morale is starting to increase at Chelsea on the Cobham training pitches.
Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Raheem Sterling were all handed minutes against Fulham, with James starting, and all are set to be in contention to feature in the London derby on Saturday.
Wesley Fofana has stepped up his return, like Potter said he would, this week, fully reintegrating into team training at Cobham following a knee injury.
Edouard Mendy, Mateo Kovacic, Denis Zakaria and N’Golo Kante remain unavailable.
Joao Felix will be available to face West Ham after serving his three-match suspension following red card on debut last month versus Fulham. Enzo Fernandez will be keen for his second Chelsea start.
Mykhailo Mudryk was forced off at half-time on Friday night against Fulham due to a heavy cold, but has since been in training and set to be pushing for a start against the Hammers.
“He’s had a heavy cold all week,” confirmed Potter post-Fulham. “We thought 60 would be his maximum but he felt heavy-legged at half time. We’re still building him up in terms of his minutes because of the break he has had in his season so we thought 45 was about right for him.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was afforded time off to travel to Milan last weekend having been left out of Potter’s 25-man Champions League squad. He has trained with the squad this week and will be hoping for some minutes.
“He’s got to keep working, train like he did today and be ready to play because football changes quickly,” Potter said last Saturday. “That’s the nature of the game.”