Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is not as serious as first thought, and the Frenchman could be back in a few weeks, according to manager Graham Potter, who also said midfielder N’Golo Kante is close to returning.
Fofana, who joined Chelsea from Leicester City in a £75 million deal in late August, scored his first goal for Chelsea in Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League win over AC Milan before limping off. “Wesley’s knee isn’t as bad as we thought, which is good.”
“It’ll take a few weeks,” Potter said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. “There’s a chance (to play before the World Cup) depending on rehab.”Kante has not played since mid-August due to a hamstring injury, but Potter has stated that he is not in a hurry to bring the France international back.
“Kante is becoming more integrated into the team. I’m not quite ready for the weekend, but it’s getting closer “He stated. “There is nothing we can do; the injury has occurred. We must ensure that when he returns, he returns for good and strong.
Chelsea are fifth in the table with 13 points, seven more than Wolves, who fired manager Bruno Lage last week. Potter stated that the turmoil at Wolves would not benefit Chelsea and that the game had always been difficult.
The visit of Wolves will also mark the return of former Chelsea striker Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge, where he won two Premier League titles and a League Cup during a three-year spell. He’s at Wolves and will arrive prepared to play “Potter said of Costa, 33, who scored 59 goals for Chelsea.
“I’ve been following his career from afar and have a lot of respect for him. We must be prepared because they have a lot of good attacking players.”
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