The team news situation continues to improve for Chelsea FC. N’Golo Kante, who has been out since injuring his hamstring against Tottenham Hotspur in a thrilling late summer/early fall London derby, played with the U21s in a behind closed doors friendly this past weekend.
The Frenchman is now in contention to make the squad against Aston Villa on Saturday. Perhaps he will feature in a limited role.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa FYIs
Sat. Apr 1, Stamford Bridge, 5:30pm
Chelsea Starting XI Prediction: go here
Google Result Probability: Chelsea 58% Draw 24% Aston Villa 18%
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
Premier League Form: Chelsea DWWLL Aston Villa WDWWL
Premier League Standings: Chelsea 10th 38 pts Aston Villa 11th 38 pts
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Thiago Silva (out long term with a knee injury) and Mason Mount (a doubt for this match due to an abdominal issue) showed up to watch Kante on cheer him on from the stands. Mount even rocked a Kante jersey over his coat! Mount even fashioned it backward, so that spectators could see Kante’s name and number on the front.
Meanwhile Raheem Sterling (hamstring), Edouard Mendy (shoulder), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (back), Cesar Azpilicueta (head), and Wesley Fofana (thigh) are all doubts for this match due to the assorted aforementioned injury issues.
Then you have the case of right back Reece James, who withdrew from the England squad this international break period, due to an “ongoing issue.”
That would be his minor hamstring injury, and you can read more about it at this link.
Finally, Armando Broja (serious knee injury) is done for the season
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