Team news: Chelsea handed double boost but triple injury concern for Everton

By on December 6, 2019

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Chelsea head to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Saturday afternoon. Here is the latest team news and injury updates ahead of the game.

Chelsea

Frank Lampard confirmed on Chelseafc.com this afternoon that Ross Barkley is back contention after recovering from illness which kept the midfielder out of the win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

The Blues boss also revealed a double boost with the news that Tammy Abraham is available for selection despite looking in some discomfort when being substituted in midweek. The striker made his return against Villa after missing the defeat to West Ham last week with a hip injury but Abraham is fit to start against Everton tomorrow.

Lampard also provided an update on Antonio Rudiger and although the centre-back has enjoyed another week in training this week after recovering from a knee injury, the trip to Goodison Park still comes too soon.

Elsewhere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains on the sidelines as he continues to recover from a serious Achilles injury that’s hampered him all season while Marco van Ginkel is also still out with a knee problem.

Everton

Everton also have injury concerns of their own to worry about as caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson told Evertonfc.com that Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph have been ruled out while Yerry Mina is also a doubt to face Chelsea.

Coleman has already missed Everton’s last two games with a rib injury while Delph hasn’t featured for the Toffees since their draw with Tottenham a month ago due to a hamstring problem and both will sit out the visit of Chelsea tomorrow.

Ferguson also confirmed that Mina will need to be assessed at training today after picking up a muscle problem during the 5-2 defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday night but he’s hopeful the Colombian will be passed fit.

Everton will definitely be without the services of Andre Gomes as he’s still working his way back from a knee injury while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is also on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

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