Chelsea Injury News And Return Dates: Updates On Christopher Nkunku, Robert Sanchez And 6 Other Players

Chelsea attacking midfielder Christopher Nkunku’s hip injury has settled down over the past few days.

It is believed that the France international is now hopeful of returning to training at some point this week ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough next Tuesday.

Nkunku has not played since coming on as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Luton Town on December 30th.

Estimated Return Date – Tuesday 23rd January v Middlesbrough (Carabao Cup)

Robert Sanchez is now back out on the grass after being given the go-ahead by knee specialists. The Spaniard has been sidelined for well over a month after sustaining the issue during the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Despite the injury, Sanchez actually played against Everton before being replaced in the latter stages of the 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park. He is, however, closing in on his comeback.

Trevoh Chalobah is back in training but he has been out for a long time, having not made a single appearance this season due to complications with a hamstring injury.

It means it could be a while before we see the defender back in action as he looks to build up his match fitness but he may get some minutes against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

Estimated Return Date – Friday 26th January v Aston Villa (FA Cup)

Marc Cucurella underwent surgery on an ankle injury last month and he is expected to return at some point in February.

Considering the Spanish international will need time for rehab and getting back to full fitness, we may have to wait until the end of next month to see him back out on the pitch.

Estimated Return Date – Friday 23rd February v Tottenham

Lesley Ugochukwu was expected to be sidelined for a few weeks after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury. The midfielder hasn’t played since Christmas Eve and, while he should be ready to play soon, he hasn’t returned to training yet.

Romeo Lavia (thigh) is out for an indefinite period, along with the likes of Reece James (hamstring) and Wesley Fofana (ACL).

Estimated Return Date – Unknown

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.