Chelsea’s international break is upon us once again as their stars fly around the world to represent England, Argentina, and France. Mauricio Pochettino has a smaller group to work with at the club’s Cobham training base.
Chelsea’s injury problems have led to many young stars in training, and they will likely continue to do so to supplement their numbers in the build up to Newcastle at the end of the month.
However, there are no shortage of academy prospects also representing their nations in their respective age divisions like Leo Castledine, Eddie Beach, and Ronnie Stutter.
Some key first team stars remain under Pochettino’s tutelage, though a few days off will also be in order. Raheem Sterling has not been selected for England despite continuing his impressive form. Club captain Reece James will also not join up with the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate was hopeful of adding James to his ranks but the decision was made to assist his recovery.
Pochettino characteristics the move differently, taking the decision away from James’ hands, as England and Chelsea came together to make a decision.
It remains to be seen whether Levi Colwill remains with the England squad having picked up a shoulder injury in training ahead of the match with Manchester City.
Tantalizingly, the Blues could welcome two of their injured stars back to training with the team. Pochettino revealed last week that the duo were in contention, although he was hesitant over the date Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia could return.
Robert Sanchez, Thiago Silva, Benoit Badiashile, Marc Cucurella, and Armando Broja will also be available to work together in the build up to the visit to St James’ Park.
Trevoh Chalobah, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesly Fofana, and Ben Chilwell are all set to continue their rehabilitation from their respective injuries.