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Pochettino: Injury boost for Chelsea ahead of Burnley clash

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino reveals club captain Reece James, Benoit Badiashile and Trevoh Chalobah are all back in partial team training, with Carney Chukwuemeka close to returning too. However, there is still no timescale on the return of vice-captain Ben Chilwell.

The West London side have struggled with injuries so far this season, with Pochettino unable to field a full-strength starting eleven, but the Blues boss is hopeful he will have a fully fit squad as soon as possible.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Poch said: “We are really happy with how he [James] is recovering.

“He is doing well, and we hope after the international break he will be available after his suspension (is up).”

Pochettino does, however, have striker Nicolas Jackson back after serving his one-match ban, but with [Armando] Broja scoring and back fit after a long time out, who does the Argentine pick?

He said: “We already took the decisions, but they know. You will see tomorrow.”

Poch went on to say: “Every single game is important for us. To settle our principles and help the players arrive at their best and in the best form that they can be.

“Every single game is important and tomorrow will be a tough game because it is a team that runs a lot and tries to play. It is going to be tough and we go there to get three points.

“It’s a good opportunity to win again and to feel the victory and for us the three points are important.

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