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Fofana, James, Chilwell, Fernandez: Potter offers 11-man Chelsea team news update for Fulham clash



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Graham Potter has confirmed the Chelsea team news to face Fulham in the Premier League on Friday night at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea host Marco Silva’s side for another west London derby following Fulham’s 2-1 win over the Blues in January at Craven Cottage.

After a busy end to the January transfer window which has seen Chelsea add Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, Malo Gusto and Enzo Fernandez since the defeat last month, Potter will be hoping to claim revenge on their neighbours to leapfrog them in the table.

Joao Felix remains suspended for Chelsea, serving his final match of the three-game suspension, after getting sent off on debut in the reverse fixture for a late challenge on Kenny Tete.

Chelsea have had a whole host of injury problems but the issues are starting to reduce. Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Raheem Sterling will all be available for Potter’s side on Friday night.

“Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Raheem Sterling and Ruben are back in the squad, not 90 minutes,” confirmed the Chelsea head coach.

Wesley Fofana remains sidelined with a knee injury however he will step up his recovery next week .

Potter added: “Wesley has been training partly with the team and he will be stepping it up next week.”

Mateo Kovacic, Denis Zakaria, N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja remain sidelined.

The Chelsea head coach concluded: “We are still without Denis, Pulisic, Kovacic, Kante and Broja.”

Potter is hoping to put the away defeat to Fulham right, though is expecting a tough match from their city rivals.

“They’ve had a fantastic season. Credit to the staff, Marco and players. They are there on merit, not luck. We’re looking forward to the game, the memory of defeat is still there. We felt that, it was a low point for us.”