Chelsea will face Newcastle this weekend as club football returns after the international break. The Blues head into this match following a chaotic draw against league-leaders Manchester City. That performance must surely have lifted the team’s spirits. Pochettino’s men would surely want to build upon that with a win over the Magpies.
Ahead of what is expected to be a difficult tie against Eddie Howe’s side, plenty of players are already being put through their paces at Cobham. Lets look at some of the key takeaways from Chelsea’s first training session back after the international break.
Nkunku returns for Chelsea as preparations for Newcastle game begin
Summer signing Christopher Nkunku is yet to make his official debut for Chelsea. After impressing in the opening few preseason matches he got injured and has been injured ever since.
After months of rehabilitation, the 26-year-old has finally returned to first team training. Though he might not feature for Chelsea against Newcastle, just seeing him on the grass is a good news for fans.
Palmer and Pochettino embrace
Palmer has quickly become a pivotal player for Chelsea and Pochettino certainly appreciates the youngster’s efforts. They were spotted embracing upon the midfielder’s return from a debut senior England call-up.
Update on Gusto
Last week, Malo Gusto withdrew from the France Under-21 squad due to knee injury. Further tests have revealed ‘a small lesion in the internal lateral ligament’.
Gallagher back in action
Conor Gallagher returned to the training after spending the last couple of days with the England squad. The midfielder has been excellent for Chelsea this season and looks set to play a key role against Newcastle on Saturday.
Five absentees for Chelsea vs Newcastle
While Pochettino was able to welcome back some big names to training, there are still five players yet to return from international duty. Axel Disasi, Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, Nicolas Jackson, and Noni Madueke were absent after representing their countries on Tuesday night.
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