Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson – Chelsea injury news and return dates ahead of Arsenal clash

The latest Chelsea injury news and updates from Cobham training ground as Mauricio Pochettino prepares to face Arsenal in what is set to be a blockbuster London derby


  • 05:30, 13 OCT 2023
Cole Palmer of England looks on during the UEFA U21 EURO Qualifier match between England and Serbia at City Ground on October 12, 2023

Chelsea injury news and return dates ahead of Arsenal clash amid Palmer concern (Image: Photo by Matt McNulty – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

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Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that his Chelsea players return from international duty unscathed with a huge clash against Arsenal on the horizon. The Blues will welcome Mikel Arteta’s side to Stamford Bridge on October 21 in what is poised to be a fiery London derby.

While Chelsea will of course be without some big players like Christopher Nkunku, Reece James is expected to finally make his return to the matchday squad after tweaking a knock on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign. Elsewhere, Pochettino has been dealt some minor injury scare.

Axel Disasi and Nicolas Jackson have both recently withdrawn from international duty this month with injuries, although they’re believed to be precautionary omissions. So, with that being said, has taken a look at the latest injury news from Stamford Bridge.

Cole Palmer

Palmer appeared to suffer a knock to his thigh during the first-half of the England Under-21s’ 9-1 win over Serbia on Thursday night. He received some medical treatment at half-time before he was replaced by Tino Livramento just moments into the second-half.

As it stands, the severity of Palmer’s issue remains to be seen. More to follow.

Christopher Nkunku

Nkunku is still yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea following his transfer from RB Leipzig in the summer. The 25-year-old was dealt a major blow to his knee during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.

After months out of action, he has now stepped up his rehabilitation programme. Nkunku has recently returned to the gym, lifting weights alongside some occasional ball work.

Taking to Instagram to show off his hard work, the France international posted two black and white filtered pictures of himself in the gym. Last month, he posted a similar selection of images to his account showing him in the swimming pool and undergoing a medical test on his knee.