Chelsea handed Reece James and N’Golo Kante injury boost ahead of Brentford clash

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Chelsea stars Reece James and N'Golo Kante pose with Champions League trophy

Reece James and N’Golo Kante have returned to full Chelsea training (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea have been handed a timely boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Brentford, with both Reece James and N’Golo Kante pictured in full training earlier today.

James had to withdraw from England’s squad for the side’s World Cup qualifying matches due to an ankle injury he sustained in Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City last month.

Fellow Chelsea full-back Ben Chilwell replaced James in Gareth Southgate’s party and went on to score the opening goal in the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifying victory over Andorra.

Kante, meanwhile, was forced to observe a period of isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 and therefore missed out as France beat Spain to win the UEFA Nations League.

The midfielder worked on his fitness away from the main group at Chelsea’s training base last week, but was put through his paces along with James and the the rest of the squad this morning.

Thomas Tuchel will no doubt hope both players are fully fit and available to play a role in Saturday’s highly-anticipated London derby at the Brentford Community Stadium.

The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Hakim Ziyech and Ross Barkley also took part in drills at Cobham.

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Chelsea boss Tuchel had been left stunned by Southgate’s decision to select James given the right-back had only trained in the swimming pool ahead of the squad announcement.

‘I thought maybe Reece was called up to the England water polo team because he trains in the pool,’ the German sarcastically quipped.

‘I was a bit surprised, but I understand he was selected.

‘This will not happen, because he’s training in the pool.

‘It can only be a misunderstanding.’

Premier League leaders Chelsea bounced back from successive defeats to Manchester City and Juventus to beat Southampton 3-1 before the international break.

The Blues will be desperate to strengthen their grip at the top of the table with victory away to London rivals Brentford this weekend.

Thomas Frank’s impressive Brentford side have adjusted well to life in the top flight after their promotion from the Championship and sit seventh in the division after seven games.


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