Chelsea FC XI vs Everton: Predicted line-ups, confirmed team news and latest injuries for today’s Premier League fixture
“Golo Kante could make his long-awaited return to Chelsea in today’s Premier League clash with Everton.
Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling are however injured.
Defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva are also absent, but Kante could make his first appearance since August.
Mount is struggling with a problem with his pubic bone, while Sterling has a hamstring problem. Thiago has a knee injury and captain Azpilicueta is out with a concussion.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Edouard Mendy were also released late, while Armando Broja is not expected to return this season.
“Raheem has a problem with his hamstrings. It’s not too bad but he will miss the weekend game and he will miss the international trip,” Chelsea boss Graham Potter said on Friday.
“It’s the same with Mason. Mason had a little trouble with his pubic bone. It wasn’t 100% the last game. He’s not quite there yet, so he’ll miss the England side as well.
“Thiago is still out, Azpi is still out.”
Kante has been out since August with a hamstring injury but, when asked if he could return on Saturday, Potter replied: “A chance to be in the team. It’s the first time, so it’s fantastic, great.
Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Kepa; Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella; James, Fernandez, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix.