Palmer, Gusto, and Nkunku – Chelsea injury updates and Aston Villa’s return schedule following Arsenal’s defeat

Apr 26, 2024 | Sports

Chelsea faced a significant setback on Tuesday night as they were overwhelmed 5-0 by Arsenal, with key absences contributing to their downfall. Mauricio Pochettino’s side endured the largest defeat of the season without two influential players, Cole Palmer and Malo Gusto, who were sidelined due to injury and illness, respectively.

Pochettino made several unexpected changes to the lineup, including handing starts to Mykhailo Mudryk and Alfie Gilchrist, who faced a daunting challenge against Arsenal. Despite the alterations, Chelsea couldn’t contain Arsenal’s onslaught, conceding four goals in quick succession during the second half.

With tougher fixtures on the horizon, including a clash with Aston Villa followed by a showdown against Tottenham, Pochettino faces mounting pressure to navigate Chelsea through this challenging period.


Here’s the latest injury update ahead of the upcoming fixtures:

Cole Palmer: Palmer missed the Arsenal game due to illness, having not trained on Monday. While Pochettino remains hopeful for his return, his availability for the upcoming matches remains uncertain.

Malo Gusto: Gusto sustained a minor knee ligament problem during the previous game against Manchester City. While the extent of his injury is not yet clear, Pochettino remains optimistic that it’s not a serious issue.

Ben Chilwell: Chilwell’s availability is also uncertain due to an ongoing problem that resurfaced after the recent national team duty.

Christopher Nkunku: Nkunku is progressing well in his rehabilitation from a hamstring issue, and his possible return date is slated for May.

Robert Sanchez: Sanchez, who was absent due to illness, has returned to partial team training and could be available for the upcoming fixtures.

Levi Colwill: Colwill continues his rehabilitation for a toe injury, but there is no definite return date yet.

Reece James: James is still recovering from hamstring surgery and remains on an individual training regimen.

Romeo Lavia: Lavia is undergoing rehabilitation for a thigh injury and is expected to return next season.

Lesley Ugochukwu: Ugochukwu has resumed partial team training after a four-month absence and may return next season.

Wesley Fofana: Fofana is progressing in his rehabilitation but is still a long way from returning to action.

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