Chelsea have received a major fitness boost with N’Golo Kante and Reece James in training ahead of Saturday’s derby with Brentford.
Kante missed out on the final victory of France’s Nations League after testing positive for the coronavirus.
But the midfield ace has now recovered and has joined first-team training today.
Meanwhile, Reece James suffered an ankle injury before the international break.
And after being withdrawn by Thomas Tuchel – when he was quirkily called out by Gareth Southgate – James is making good progress in Cobham.
The pair will now be available for selection against Brentford on Saturday.
And Chelsea boss Tuchel knows his European champions have to do their best to get results against their west London rivals.
Brentford have defied the odds since reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history.
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Thomas Franks Bees have lost only one of their opening seven matches, and are seventh in the table.
They beat Arsenal at home on the first day, while Liverpool were held to a 3–3 draw when they went to the ‘bus stop in Hounslow’.
Brentford’s only injury concern remains midfielder Josh DaSilva, who has been out since February with a hip injury.
The Bees are also set to continue their five-man defence, marking Chelsea’s own formation.
And both Kante and James will be needed if the Blues want to maintain the momentum at the top of the table.
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