The Blues' Latest Injury News Ahead Of Newcastle Trip

Chelsea are preparing for a trip to Newcastle on Saturday afternoon and Frank Lampard has provided information on who will be available for the clash.

Frank Lampard has posted mixed information about the squad ahead of Chelsea's return to the Premier League.

The Blues can move top of the table, albeit temporarily, with a win at Newcastle United on Saturday in the 12.30pm kick-off, but Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, and Southampton could all leapfrog them again later this weekend.

However, a loss for Frank Lampard's outfit would see Newcastle rise to within one point of the Blues in this increasingly competitive Premier League campaign.

Chelsea, like many other clubs, have been anxiously waiting for the safe return of their players who were away on international duty over the past fortnight.

But some have not been so fortunate, as a handful are still on the sidelines recovering from injuries.

So, here is a round-up of the latest Chelsea injury news ahead of the game at St James' Park.

Ben Chilwell

The defender went off injured while playing for England against Belgium in Leuven on Sunday night.

Chilwell had to limp off in the 38th minute of the Nations League game with a back injury.

After the 2-0 defeat to the Red Devils, England manager Gareth Southgate said as cited by Sports Central: "He had some sort of issue with his back that he was complaining about and he didn’t feel he could carry on. "Outside of that I can’t give you any detail at the moment.

Since then, Chilwell has trained with England and was named on the bench for the 4-0 win over Iceland which would suggest he's fit and should be in contention to face the Magpies.

Thiago Silva

The veteran defender is likely to be ruled out of the game against Newcastle.

This is because of his long journeys with Brazil during the break.

Lampard delivered an update on Thiago Silva in his pre-match press conference and has said the 36-year-old is unlikely to make the trip.

Lampard said: "Silva has just landed, he probably won't go to Newcastle because of the journey. "We're still waiting on some COVID testing. "Unfortunately some are arriving back this afternoon, so with the 12.30pm kick-off it brings a lot of challenges.

Christian Pulisic

The 22-year-old picked up a slight hamstring problem during the warm-up at Burnley at the end of last month and hasn't featured for the Blues since.

Pulisic had linked up with the USA squad for upcoming friendly internationals against Wales and Panama and was part of the national team camp, but USA head coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed that the winger has returned to Cobham for further treatment.

Whilst Pulisic is making good progress in training, Lampard has revealed he won't feature against Newcastle.

The Blues boss said: "Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but has stepped up his training.

Kai Havertz

Havertz is back for Chelsea after missing the last two games following a positive coronavirus test.

Lampard said: "Havertz is back, isolation is over and tested negative so trained two days ago to get individually his fitness back.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Goalkeeper Arrizabalaga was back available for the Sheffield United game but was left out of the matchday squad.

Lampard said he had a slight bit of pain but he should be available for selection after the international break.

Billy Gilmour

Gilmour is making good progress following knee surgery. He is back in full training and is also playing games.

But he will not have got the minutes he will have wanted to get up to match speed with Scotland U21s.

Coming on as a half-time substitute against Croatia, he was sent off on 71 minutes following a shoulder barge challenge, seemingly for something he said.

He missed the game with Greece U21s on Wednesday, but instead played for an hour for the Chelsea U21's in their EFL Trophy loss against Bristol Rovers.

Meanwhile, Mason Mount was substituted while playing for England against Iceland, although this was for tactical reasons, not because of any injury.