Chelsea vice-captain Ben Chilwell is expected to be back in full training “very soon”, according to Football.London.
The fullback has been sidelined since the end of September with a hamstring injury, having picked up the problem in the closing stages of the 1-0 win over Brighton in the Carabao Cup.
Chilwell was originally expected to make his comeback at the start of December, with an initial estimate on his recovery given as two months.
However, speaking at an event near the end of November, the England international said he was still “a few weeks” away from playing again.
When could we see Chilwell back in action?
Chelsea face Wolves on Christmas Eve so it is not likely that the left-back will be available for that fixture. However, there is a chance that he could make the matchday squad for the matches against Crystal Palace (on December 27th) or Luton Town (on December 30th).
With the FA Cup third-round tie against Preston North End coming up at the start of next month, that would also be a good opportunity for Chilwell to regain match fitness.
Another Chelsea player is also on the comeback trail
Football.London have also revealed that first-choice keeper Robert Sanchez is set to return to action within the next “couple of weeks”. Manager Mauricio Pochettino did make some concerning comments about the Spaniard’s knee injury before the Carabao Cup tie against Newcastle earlier this week.
The Blues boss hinted that Sanchez could be on the treatment table for more than a month but it appears that the diagnosis is not as bad as first feared. While the 26-year-old will not play over the festive period, it seems like he will be back in goal when Chelsea take on Preston or, potentially, Middlesbrough (in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final).