With Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana both potentially poised to return to the Blues starting line up for the travel of Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, Graham Potter might finally get some good news regarding the injuries to his defenders.
With Fofana, Koulibaly, and Reece James all being missing lately, defense injuries have probably felt like a regular occurrence for Potter since he moved to west London.
However, with a critical Premier League encounter against Arsenal at the weekend coming up on Wednesday and a dead rubber match in the Champions League to follow, Potter is expected to rest some of his important assets while also maybe giving those who lack match sharpness playing time.
Although Koulibaly has missed the last three games due to a slight injury, Potter said in the pre-game news conference for Brighton that Koulibaly had "an outside chance for Wednesday, but not for tomorrow."
Potter might not want to take a chance on the former Napoli defender in the Champions League without anything serious at stake, but he might want to practice for the match against Arsenal or rest his other defenders who have played three games in as many days by starting Koulibaly in the hopes that they will be fresh for the London derby.
There hasn't been much information released on Wesley Fofana's knee injury, which he sustained against AC Milan at the beginning of October and was believed to keep him out "for several weeks."
The Chelsea boss provided a timescale for the Frenchman's absence, which was obviously an estimate, but depending on how you take a few weeks, it has either gone or is very near.
For Potter, Fofana is probably in a same situation as Koulibaly. He can start him in the hopes that he will be available for the Blues' match against Arsenal or as a potential replacement for Trevoh Chalobah or Thiago Silva, should they be needed.
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