Mason Mount and Reece James have a “good chance” of featuring for Chelsea this weekend, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.
Southgate selected the pair in his latest England squad Thursday, despite them missing out on Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus on Wednesday night.
Mount also missed last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City, while James was withdrawn with an injury 29 minutes into the match.
However, Southgate has intimated the pair are likely to return for Chelsea’s Premier League match against Southampton on Saturday.
“Our understanding is that Mason and Reece have a good chance for the weekend, we’ll have to track that,” Southgate told reporters on Thursday.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel had previously suggested it would be a struggle for James to be fit for Saturday’s fixture.
“He’s still very painful,” the German said on Tuesday. “It will come down to pain management in the end, how much he can accept.”
“But right now we are looking at a minimum of one more week.”
Mount and James’ former Chelsea team-mate Fikayo Tomori has been recalled to the England squad following a string of impressive performances in AC Milan’s unbeaten start to the Serie A season.
There was no place, however, for left-back Ben Chilwell or Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher, despite the latter’s strong performances for Crystal Palace.
England face Andorra and Hungary during the international break.