Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount – How Chelsea could line up vs Leicester City after early team news

Chelsea could see some stars who have been out with injury return to their starting XI

The first week of the international window is out the way and despite a number of games remaining to be played, Chelsea fans can afford to put one eye back on the Premier League.

The Blues face Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as the cut and thrust of domestic football returns, and after drawing with Burnley last time out, Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to earn three points once again.

The German coach has had to deal with more absences than he would have liked in recent weeks but, the international break may have allowed for Tuchel to have a few more options, despite little preparation time for most.

So long as he comes through Senegal duty unscathed Edouard Mendy will undoubtedly continue in goal, but Chelsea’s defence has seen change in the previous two returns.

Thiago Silva’s sheer amount of travel probably sees him have to settle for a place on the bench, while Trevoh Chalobah’s time off should see him start once again.

The 22-year-old started against Aston Villa and Brentford in the previous fixtures following international clashes.

Andreas Christensen should still start in the centre of defence, as should Antonio Rudiger following his suspension for Germany’s second match, against Armenia.

The 28-year-old was able to return to London early and should be well rested for the Foxes.

Ben Chilwell and Reece James have been busy but their form sees them slot straight in their respective wingback roles. 

Marcos Alonso could be fit enough to return to the side but may have to wait for his opportunity

The choice in the centre of the pitch is a difficult one with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho on international duty, and Mateo Kovacic still to return from international duty.

Tuchel expects to know more on the Croatian this week.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has the perfect chance to show his ability once again after a week of rest.

Italy’s campaign finishes 24 hours early than France’s and is closer to home with their trip to Northern Ireland so Jorginho could be the man to play alongside him.

The frontline could be the most interesting selection of all.

Gareth Southgate confirmed that Mason Mount would not join up with the England squad for the trip to San Marino, with Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher making the journey.

However, it was a question of time that cost Mount following his surgery, meaning he could yet feature on Saturday.

He should be part of the Blues squad that returns to training at Cobham.

Kai Havertz had missed Germany training ahead of Liechtenstein with a thigh injury but has since returned and scored against Armenia on Sunday.

Christian Pulisic also continued his return from injury with a goal for USA against Mexico after starting as a substitute.

Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi will both hope that they can convince Tuchel that they are worthy of a start, with the extra time they get at Cobham compared to their teammates.

The latter’s form in recent week certainly gives him the advantage

Romelu Lukaku has continued his recovery from the ankle injury he picked up against Malmo, and posted a number of teasing social media posts that suggest his return could be close.

On his Twitter account @RomeluLukaku9, he tweeted: “Being on the sideline these last weeks… I realise how much fun it is to just train and compete against other teams! Soon though [followed by a battery and clock emoji].”

If he gets a full week of training, he will move to the front of the queue.

Potential XI: Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Lukaku, Hudson-Odoi

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