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Graham Potter receives injury boost ahead of Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea FC amid Benoit Badiashile absence

Chelsea F.C. traveled to the London Stadium to play West Ham, they were missing nine players, and the Blues could only manage a draw following Emerson Palmieri’s goal canceling out Joao Felix’s.

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Graham Potter receives injury boost ahead of Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea FC

After missing Chelsea’s match with West Ham due to illness, Kalidou Koulibaly participated in training on Monday for Chelsea. The Senegal international missed the team that drew with the Irons due to an illness that developed overnight.

After missing Chelsea’s match with West Ham due to illness, Kalidou Koulibaly participated in Chelsea training on Monday. The Senegal international missed was absent from the squad that drew with the Irons due to an illness that developed overnight.

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Benoit Badiashile won’t be available for Wednesday’s match against Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion, so the former Napoli star’s return is crucial. Graham Potter was only permitted to add three players to his Champions League squad for the knockout stages, but the Frenchman has developed a strong partnership with Thiago Silva over the last four games and recorded three clean sheets in that time.

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From the January signings, Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Enzo Fernandez were chosen as the trio, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was withdrawn from the team to make room for those changes. Since that decision, the forward has not been selected for either of Chelsea’s matchday squads against Fulham and West Ham.

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Unless Potter decides to use three central defenders, Koulibaly will likely battle with Trevoh Chalobah for a spot in the Blues’ backline after his comeback. Wesley Fofana, though, has carried on with his fitness recovery by training out on Mondays as well.

Since being injured against AC Milan in October following a setback in a December friendly, the 22-year-old French defender for Chelsea has not appeared. In advance of Chelsea’s match against West Ham, Potter reported that Fofana was moving closer to being available.

Unless Potter decides to use three central defenders, Koulibaly will likely battle with Trevoh Chalobah for a spot in the Blues’ backline after his comeback. Wesley Fofana, though, has carried on with his fitness recovery by working out on Mondays as well.

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Since being injured against AC Milan in October following a setback in a December friendly, the 22-year-old French defender has not featured for Chelsea. In advance of Chelsea’s match against West Ham, Potter reported that Fofana was getting closer to being available.

Mateo Kovacic and Denis Zakaria are in a similar situation as their defensive teammate and were also at Cobham on Monday before the club’s trip to Dortmund on Tuesday afternoon. Raheem Sterling suffered a knee injury in training last week and was not photographed by the club.

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