Chelsea update on Kovacic, Kante, Silva, Mendy, Azpilicueta, Pulisic and Broja injury ahead of Leeds game

Graham Potter gives update on Thiago Silva injury

At last, it seems as if Chelsea are coming out of their injury crisis, but key player, Thiago Silva was injured and will be out for weeks.

While the problems are not yet over, Graham Potter has at least been boosted by the returns of Raheem Sterling, Reece James and Ben Chilwell of late.

There is hope that the Blues boss – under huge pressure at Stamford Bridge – will soon have something approaching a full squad available for the first time during his reign in charge.

Still, Thiago Silva’s recent injury has damped the mood somewhat, given his importance to the cause.

Here’s a look at the latest on Chelsea injuries…

Mateo Kovacic



The midfielder is back in training after missing the loss to Tottenham through illness and is expected to feature in at least some capacity against Leeds on Saturday.

Potential return date: Saturday 4 March, 2023

Potter has not been able to call on the dynamic Frenchman at all during his time in charge of the Blues after Kante underwent surgery on a hamstring injury.

Still, he is back in training and could be set to feature in March.

Potential return date: March 2023

<p>Major boost: Kante could soon play for the first time under Potter </p>
Major boost: Kante could soon play for the first time under Potter / Getty Images

Christian Pulisic

Like Kante, American forward Pulisic has been spotted back in training, having been ruled out of action since the FA Cup loss at Manchester City in January with a knee problem.

Potential return date: March 2023

Cesar Azpilicueta



The Blues stalwart came off during the shock loss to Southampton with a nasty-looking head injury, sustaining a concussion. Potter has confirmed the Spanish international is “ok” and the club are now following the necessary protocols.

Potential return date: March 2023

Edouard Mendy

The Senegal international underwent surgery on a fractured finger back in January and was then expected to miss around six weeks of action. Barring a setback, that would put Mendy on course to return this month.

Potential return date: March 2023

Thiago Silva

The Brazilian was injured during Sunday’s defeat at Spurs and is expected to miss around six weeks of action,

<p>Blow: Silva will miss up to six weeks of action </p>
Blow: Silva will miss up to six weeks of action / Action Images via Reuters

Possible return date: April 2023

Armando Broja

A promising first season as a Chelsea regular was ended back in December after Broja suffered an ACL injury. The forward will miss the entire season.

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