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James & Chilwell hand Chelsea huge training boost as Mudryk joins squad ahead of Liverpool clash



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Chelsea’s injury problems have started to decrease after Reece James and Ben Chilwell made a huge step ahead of their returns to the side.

Graham Potter has been dealing with a whole host of injury problems across team ever since he arrived at the club last September, a factor he and the club believe has affected their form and results.

Chelsea are currently without Edouard Mendy (fractured finger), Wesley Fofana (knee), N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Denis Zakaria (quad), Christian Pulisic (knee), Raheem Sterling (hamstring) and Armando Broja (ACL).

They welcomed back Ruben Loftus-Cheek from a calf injury and illness against Crystal Palace as he returned to the bench, but two more players are out of the medical room ahead of their Premier League clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

As pictured by Football Daily, both James and Chilwell were involved in Wednesday morning’s training session at a chilly Cobham following knee and hamstring injuries, respectively.

When both will be fit to return remains unclear, they will not be rushed back to ensure further setbacks are avoided, however Potter will welcome their returns with the rest of the group.

But Chelsea could have new signing Mykhailo Mudryk available for the weekend’s game. He joined the group for the first time on Wednesday following indoor gym work on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old is raring to go and sent a message to Potter ahead of the trip to Merseyside on Saturday to face Jurgen Klopp’s struggling side.

“I’m very excited to be here and be part of the Chelsea project. This is a big club and I’m happy to be here. I want to try and help the team win titles, I want to try and improve my game and to always do my best for Chelsea.

“My career’s always been focused on hard work and that’s why I’m here. Hard work is a very strong thing for me and something I’ve always looked to do. Every match in the Premier League is very difficult but I really can’t wait to get started here.”

Potter will be hoping this is the start of the medical issues being resolved in a bid to have as near as a fully fit squad available heading into the latter months and weeks of the season.