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Fofana, Sterling, Mount: Chelsea injury news and return dates after Everton draw

  /  autty

Chelsea injury news: The Blues welcomed back N'Golo Kante for Saturday's draw against Everton, but a number of other first-team contenders remained absent

Chelsea were held to a 2-2 by Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. Despite twice taking the lead, courtesy of a Joao Felix strike and Kai Havertz penalty, Graham Potter's side were pegged back by an Abdoulaye Doucouré header and Ellis Simms' late leveller to share the spoils.

Potter later confirmed this was due to fatigue, although he did admit the Frenchman was feeling his hamstring. Fortunately, the upcoming international break provides this list of absentees some extra recovery time to regain full fitness.

Here, rounds up all the latest injury news at Stamford Bridge as the Blues face two weeks without competitive action.

Potter did, though, confirm the France international was feeling his hamstring. Fofana was spotted in the dugout at Stamford Bridge with an ice pack on his right thigh, leaving some Blues supporters to fear the worst.

What Potter has said: "Wes Fofana had to come off with fatigue, as he has had a long time out. He was feeling his hamstring. Wes was fantastic and defended well."

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return date: Unknown

What Potter has said: "Raheem [Sterling] has a problem with his hamstring. It's not too serious but he'll miss the game at the weekend and the international trip."

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return date: April

Mason Mount has missed a number of games after suffering with an issue in his lower abdomen. Mount has been in and out of training, but returned on Tuesday along with a number of other teammates, although Potter claimed he will also not play for England despite receiving a call-up.

What Potter said: "It's the same with Mason [Mount]. He'll miss the England camp as well."

Injury: Lower abdomen

Expected return date: April

Mendy finally made his return to training on Tuesday, pictured alongside his fellow goalkeepers Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcus Bettinelli.

Injury: Finger

Expected return date: Late March/April

Azpilicueta sustained a concussion against Southampton following a collision with striker Sekou Mara. The defender left the pitch on a stretcher and was taken to hospital but he's on the mend now as he eyes a return. He was at the stadium against Tottenham but not as part of the matchday squad.

Both Dortmund and Leicester were also too soon for the Chelsea captain, with more time needed before he can return. Potter then revealed he suffered a setback ahead of Chelsea's match against Everton which ruled him out of the matchday squad.

What Potter said: "Azpilicueta had a knock in training, he's had a problem there."

Injury: Concussion

Expected return date: April

Silva was forced off with a knee injury in the Blues' clash with Tottenham. The following Tuesday, Chelsea released a statement detailing his diagnosis.

What Potter said: "Thiago will be around that time [six weeks], not sure exactly."

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: April

He looked to be in considerable pain and was seen to be clutching his leg as he was tended to by medical staff. The Albania international had no history of knee injuries and his injury is a major blow.

Broja is expected to be out for at least the remainder of the season after learning that he needs surgery to fix a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee, understands.

What Potter said: ''It was just an unfortunate action. He got caught up with their player and the ground. It doesn’t look positive at the moment but it’s too early to say. Fingers crossed but it is an awkward one.''

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: Summer/Autumn 2023