Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson Odoi: Latest Chelsea injury news for Lille clash

Chelsea host Lille at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 as the Blues look to get closer to retaining their European crown.

The Blues had to watch all their arch-rivals, including Liverpool, Man City and Paris Saint-Germain, pick up crucial first-leg victories in their respective fixtures against Inter, Sporting and Real Madrid.

Finally, the wait is over for Thomas Tuchel who is now looking for a good start to the pivotal week in the west London club’s season with a Carabao Cup final looming this weekend against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds .

But first they need to overcome a Lille side who have been on a rather downward spiral domestically since their famous title win last season against old odds in the French frontrunners.

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Since then, the departure of key players and coaching staff has led to a reshuffle within the Ligue 1 club’s ranks, and this period of instability has had a big impact with their middle position in the French league standings. this quarter a clear indicator. .

However, Thomas Tuchel and Edouard Mendy have already reiterated the message not to underestimate any opponent at this stage of the competition when they spoke to the media on Monday.

“When it’s the Champions League and this stage of the competition there’s no easy draw. Lille have won their group and I think that reflects the performances they’ve produced in this competition against teams like Sevilla and Salzburg. They performed well so it’s definitely an easy draw,” said Chelsea’s first-choice keeper.

“Lille are a very good team. They have suffered a little more this season in the league but it is always difficult to be the defending champion.

“They played very well in the Champions League and will give everything to make it difficult for us and get a result. So it’s up to us to beware of them and play our best football.”

With all of this taken into consideration, takes a look at all the latest injury news ahead of this first leg clash between English and French clubs.

mason mount

The attacking midfielder has been missing since the FIFA Club World Cup final after aggravating an earlier injury suffered in the FA Cup against Plymouth.

It was feared that he would miss this whole week which ends with the Carabao Cup final.

But his latest social media hint hints at him being in contention for the Lille and Liverpool clashes after sending a tell-all three-word message to fans regarding his injury status.

Mason Mount returned to Chelsea training ahead of Champions League clash with Lille
Mason Mount returned to Chelsea training ahead of Champions League clash with Lille

What Tuchel said: “Mason (Mount) had a very good individual session, I think he will try to get back to team training today. He was out maybe a bit too long to start. Maybe he’s involved in the team, but he hasn’t trained with the team yet.”

Expected return date: Lille (H) – February 22

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Winger Hudson-Odoi had an inflamed Achilles tendon which prevented him from going to Selhurst Park.

He is therefore very unlikely to make the cut for the Lille game while also being a huge doubt to qualify for the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

What Tuchel says: “Callum didn’t practice yesterday.”

Expected return date: N / A

Cesar Azpilicueta

Like Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta missed the trip to south London this weekend with a minor injury issue that had to be carefully managed.

The Spaniard missed pre-Palace training with a groin problem.

What Tuchel says: “Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) looks much better than Callum (Hudson-Odoi).

“Azpi has been training and has no reaction, so if it stays that way, which it seems to be, then he’s available for tomorrow.”

Expected return date: Lille (H) – February 22

Ben Chilwell

Chilwell is expected to miss the remainder of the season after a serious injury.

The left-back suffered a cruciate ligament injury, which required reconstructive surgery, against Juventus and is unlikely to return until next season.

What Tuchel says: And Reece (James) is still out, and Chilly (Ben Chilwell) is out.

Expected return date: season 2022/23

Reece James

James is pushing towards a return to first-team action, with the right-back stepping up his recovery in recent weeks.

The England international traveled to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup but hasn’t been involved as he always returns.

What Tuchel says: “And Reece (James) is still out, and Chilly (Ben Chilwell) is out.”

Expected return date: N / A

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