Chelsea injury news and full squad vs Everton: Cucurella, Sterling, Koulibaly debuts, Kante back
will be buoyed going into the first game of the season as their squad look all available for selection with no notable injuries. The Blues face Everton this evening at a ground where they have a notoriously poor record in recent years but Thomas Tuchel will have his latest summer signing Marc Cucurella available after the Spaniard was registered in time to be included in the matchday squad.
In a summer unlike any other for Chelsea with Todd Boehly taking ownership of the club, there is still plenty for Chelsea to resolve ahead of the new term and the end of the transfer window , with even more incomings before the end of the window and Wesley Fofana the number one target.
The futures of Hakim Ziyech , Timo Werner, Kepa Arrizabalaga and others need to be decided with Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Malang Sarr and Ross Barkley nearest the exit door, whilst Michy Batshuayi also looks likely to be without a place in the first team squad for the season. The clearest indicator of this was the shirt number omissions for Ethan Ampadu, Batshuayi, Barkley, Billy Gilmour and Kennedy. Levi Colwill will also not be available after completing a loan to Brighton.
Chelsea are still yet to replace Romelu Lukaku as well and have an opening number nine jersey to fill, though Sterling is expected to make his competitive debut alongside Kalidou Koulibaly. Cucurella did train with the squad yesterday so could make the bench with the new five substitutes rule making his appearance a possibility.
Elsewhere, returning loanee Conor Gallagher could make his full Chelsea debut as well. But for now, here is who will be available for selection. Chelsea matchday squad available for selection vs Everton on the opening weekend of 22/23 Premier League season:
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli Defenders:
Marcos Alonso, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Baba Rahman, Emerson Palmieri, Malang Sarr, Ethan Ampadu, Marc Cucurella
Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Kenedy, Billy Gilmour, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Carney Chukwuemeka
Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Armando Broja, Michy Batshuayi
However, certain players will miss out due to the squad being too big with 11 having to miss out from the above list.