Christensen, Kovacic, Mount, Silva, Havertz – Chelsea team news and injury updates ahead of Arsenal clash

Chelsea will be aiming to record a fourth successive victory in all competitions when they play welcome local rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening in what looks like being a mouthwatering Premier League encounter.

After seeing off Spanish champions Real Madrid in the second-leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final last week, the Blues, who were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on Boxing Day earlier this season, came from behind to beat City at Etihad stadium on Saturday evening, winning 2-1.

Superb individual goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso in second-half of the game seal another excellent victory under head coach Thomas Tuchel after Raheem Sterling put City ahead before the half-time.

Victory over City moved Chelsea up to third in the Premier League table, meaning they are move closer to securing a top-four berth with just three fixtures left to play.

But as well as having their three remaining Premier League fixtures to fulfil, Chelsea also have the small matter of having both FA Cup final and UEFA Champions League final to content, meaning German coach will need almost everyone within his squad available to him for selection.

With that said, here is a round-up of all the very latest on the Chelsea injury front ahead of Wednesday’s visit of Mikel Arteta’s Gunners.

Andreas Christensen

The Danish centre-back has been limped out at the Etihad stadium in the closing stages of the first half clutching the back of his hamstring.

Christensen, who has been in excellent form since Tuchel arrived at the club towards the end of January, was replaced by Kurt Zouma, who slotted straight into the backline and helped the Blues record an excellent away victory.

Although it was a major blow to see the defender limp out of the contest, but Thomas Tuchel is hopeful that he will be sidelined for a matter of days, not weeks.

Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic is expected to return to action on Wednesday evening when the Blues lock horns with Gunners at Stamford Bridge.

The Croatian midfielder, who has superb form since Tuchel walked through the door, has been forced to miss the Blues’ last eight matches in all competitions with a hamstring injury.

However, there is optimism within the Chelsea camp that he could make a return against the Gunners on Wednesday evening.

Elsewhere, after ringing the changes against City on Saturday, Tuchel is almost certain to welcome the likes of Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Mason Mount back into the fold.

Of the four aforementioned names, Havertz was the only one to make the matchday squad on Saturday, with Mount, Chilwell and Silva all being given breather after their exploits against Madrid.

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