The November international break is every club manager’s nightmare as it comes right before a crucial stage of the season when top clubs will be battling fixture congestions.
Chelsea is one of the teams always affected during international games due to their status as one of the biggest clubs in the world, and the November break is no different.
The Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, would have had every reason to be worried when most countries released the list of their squad for the November international break. A total of 13 players in Chelsea’s first-team squad got called up to play for their country in the ongoing international break, and among them are players who returned from injury recently.
The thought of losing one of his key players to injury, as we approach what is generally considered the most crucial part of the season, would have been on Tuchel’s mind as he jets off for his one-week holiday.
Mason Mount has pulled out from the England squad to concentrate on recovering from the illness that kept him on the sideline before the break. He is now back at Cobham, where he will be training for Chelsea’s upcoming game against Leicester City.
This will ensure that he is fit and fresh ahead of the November/December fixture congestions.
Antonio Rudiger has returned to Cobham after getting himself suspended for Germany’s last World Cup qualifying game. He will also earn enough rest before the weekend game against Leicester City.
Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are currently battling injuries, but they are expected to be fit before the Leicester City game. The Belgian international social media activities suggest that he is getting close to being fully fit.
Add all the fringe players who are not representing their country, and it means Chelsea can feature a starting lineup of fully rested players this weekend.