Mykhailo Mudryk hands Chelsea boost ahead of West Ham clash after illness
Chelsea have been handed a huge boost by new signing Mykhailo Mudryk, who was replaced against Fulham in the Premier League due to illness.
The Ukraine international impressed on his debut against Liverpool, coming off the bench to cause problems for Jurgen Klopp’s defence during the 0-0 draw at Anfield last month.
However, his full debut at Stamford Bridge against Fulham left much to be desired as he failed to test the Blues’ west London rivals before being replaced at half-time.
Graham Potter confirmed that Mudryk‘s substitution in the derby was not due to his performance, but that he had been suffering with illness throughout the week.
When asked about the substitutuion, Potter revealed: “No, he’s had a heavy cold all week.
“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.”
This left Chelsea fans concerned regarding his availability to take on West Ham on Saturday, with the Blues travelling to east London for the Premier League’s early kick-off.
However, they have now been handed a monumental boost for the clash as their winter signing has returned to training.
Therefore, it is thought that Mudryk is available for selection for Potter as he looks to turn Chelsea’s season around.
Potter will most likely look to build confidence in a less rotated side as several of his players are also returning.
Joao Felix is set to make his second appearance as he returns from suspension after getting sent off on his Chelsea debut against Fulham last month..
Furthermore, British-record signing Enzo Fernandez is set to play his second match while Reece James, Raheem Sterling and Ben Chilwell could feature as they continue their returns from injury.
It remains to be seen as to who the head coach selects, but with Mudryk and others returning, Chelsea will be hopeful of victory at the London stadium.