Graham Potter gives injury update on three Chelsea stars ahead of Tottenham showdown


Potter in desperate need of a win in north London (Picture: Getty)

N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic will not be available for Chelsea’s clash against Tottenham with Cesar Azpilicueta also set to miss the London derby.

The Chelsea captain was stretchered off during last Saturday’s defeat to Southampton after being kicked in the face by Sekou Mara as he attempted an overhead kick.

The Spaniard was taken to hospital after receiving oxygen treatment on the pitch but was discharged on Tuesday.

Providing an update on the defender, Graham Potter told a press conference on Friday: ‘He’s as okay as can be when you’ve had that concussion.

‘He won’t be ready for the weekend as we have to go through the protocols, but he’s doing well.’

Kante meanwhile is still to play under the Blues manager having suffered an injury in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge back in August.

The France international, who is reportedly close to signing a new contract with the club with his current deal up in the summer, returned to training this week but is still not ready for first-team action.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Azpilicueta was stretchered off last weekend (Picture: Getty)

Pulisic is also still working his way back to fitness having been sidelined for two months with a knee injury.

‘We’ve had a good weeks training. Everybody is available apart from N’Golo and Christian Pulisic, who are making progress and joining the warm-up. They’ll be more integrated next week.’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang meanwhile rejected a move to Los Angeles FC this month and has slipped further down the Chelsea pecking order with 20-year-old David Datro Fofana preferred against Saints last weekend.

Aubameyang was not even in the squad that afternoon but Potter insists he remains part of his thinking.

‘He’s had a really good training week. He’s available for selection.’

Tottenham moved back into the top four last Sunday following a 2-0 win over West Ham United with Chelsea slumped in 10th, 11 points behind their rivals and 23 behind league leaders Arsenal.

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