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Zakaria, Kovacic, Fofana, Sterling, Kante: Full Chelsea team news ahead of Borussia Dortmund clash in Champions League



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The full Chelsea team news is in as they prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Graham Potter‘s side will be hoping for a positive result from Signal Iduna Park as they look to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition that they lifted in 2012 and 2021.

The head coach has been handed a mixed bag in the days leading up to the clash, with several players returning.

However, there remain several absentees through injury, ineligibility and more. The full team news is in.

Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Potter revealed: “They (previously injured players) were getting closer to minutes. We have to build them up.

“It’s good that Denis (Zakaria), Wesley (Fofana) and Mateo (Kovacic) are with the group.”

The trio are returning from injuries and will be named in the Chelsea squad, which does not include Raheem Sterling, who suffered a setback.

Sterling, who missed Chelsea’s draw with West Ham due to a knee injury, has remained at Cobham to undergo further treatment as his team travelled to Dortmund.

Furthermore, Noni Madueke, David Datro Fofana and Benoit Badiashile all remained in London as they were ineligible for the clash, having not been registered for the Champions League due to restrictions.

Instead, Joao Felix, Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk were selected as the three new players while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was excluded from the squad.

Potter continued to reveal the plans for those at Cobham, including N’Golo Kante, who is recovering from a long-term issue.

“They trained today with the group,” he said regarding those that didn’t travel.

“They’ll be free tomorrow and watch the game then we are back and train on Thursday. They’ll be available for Southampton. Raheem, NG, Pulisic will be working at Cobham too.”

Chelsea will hope to return with a positive result from Dortmund as they look to push on and improve their faultering form.