Chelsea vs Southampton
In a few minutes from now, Chelsea will be looking to make it back-to-back Premier League victories when they resume their 2020-21 campaign at home to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Recall the previous tie between the two sides end in a six-goal thriller, it was a 3 -3 scoreline.
The Blues have had an impressive run of form under the German tactician Thomas Tuchel who took over barely a month ago from a club legend Frank Lampard.
Frank Lampard left the team on ninth place in the Premier League table, right the Thomas Tuchel side has picked up maximum points in all competition except for a draw.
Here, NG Times rounds up Chelsea’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of the clash with Southampton;
Thiago Silva remains ruled out of their Premier League clash at Southampton on Saturday.
However, Tammy Abraham and Kai Havertz could both play a part this weekend.
Silva, 36, had missed the Blues’ last three games due to a muscle injury and while the veteran defender trained on Thursday, he is yet to return to full fitness and will not travel for the match.
Havertz picked up a knock ahead of Chelsea’s win at Tottenham earlier this month and has managed just two appearances under Tuchel as a result.
But the 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been passed fit after returning to full training.
There remains a “big question mark” over Christian Pulisic’s availability, with the American forward nursing a minor calf problem.
Thomas Tuchel on Chelsea vs Southampton fixture
“We’re very happy that Tammy is very, very good,” Tuchel told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“Thiago will be out of the game, he’s not ready for the game.
“And we have some issues with the calf of Christian Pulisic. It’s nothing big, just feels tight and a bit sore is how I understood it yesterday so there’s a big question mark for Christian.
“Kai Havertz is back in training and can join us in Southampton.”