By Jonty Banks

14th Mar, 2023 | 2:10pm

Injury expert shares early Chelsea team news ahead of Premier League fixture v Everton

Chelsea could have five players returning from injury for their upcoming Premier League clash against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (18 March), according to injury expert Ben Dinnery.

Writing for the Premier Injuries website, Dinnery shared that Reece James has a 50% chance of returning from illness to face Sean Dyche’s side, while Mason Mount has a potential return date of 18 March.

After missing the 3-1 win over Leicester City, Raheem Sterling’s status is at 50% after recently picking up a thigh injury, while out-of-favour striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and long-term absentee N’Golo Kante both have potential return dates of 18 March.

Meanwhile, Armando Broja remains sidelined with his season-ending knee injury, Thiago Silva is out until mid-April with a knee issue, and Edouard Mendy’s wrist injury means he is unavailable for selection.

Blues club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is Graham Potter’s final absentee, with a face injury that will keep him out of action until after the international break.

Tough test

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Chelsea’s returning cohort will be a worry to Everton fans, with England trio Sterling, James and Mount all possessing the ability to change a match in an instant.

Adding that to the three-match unbeaten run the Blues have strung together, and Dyche will certainly be up against it to claim any result in the club’s last match before the international break.

Since taking the reins from Frank Lampard at Goodison Park, the Englishman has taken the team back to basics and is now beginning to build the side he wants.

First of all, was ensuring that his team were defensively solid and not the soft touch they had been for the months previous. Clean sheets against Arsenal, Leeds United and most recently, Brentford are evidence that the former Claret manager is getting his message across in the changing room.

Over the international break, Dyche will now look to add some attacking fluidity in the final third, with Demarai Gray and Dwight McNeil likely to be instrumental figures to the club going forward.