CHELSEA have received a HUGE boost ahead of Premier League resumption after Reece James and Wesley Fofana returned to training.
The defensive pair both suffered injuries that ended their World Cup dreams.
James picked up a knee problem in the Champions League against AC Milan, six days after Fofana was sent off in the same competition.
As a result, both players were banned from the showpiece in Qatar.
But they have traveled to the Middle East anyway, with the duo in the UAE for a warm-weather training camp with Chelsea.
And boss Graham Potter provided an encouraging update on their respective situations.
He said: “Reece isn’t fully trained yet but he’s integrating into training along with Wesley.
“He’s a little further back, but not too far.”
After being eliminated early in the Carabao Cup, Chelsea will not be back in action until December 27 when they host Bournemouth.
But Potter’s side will have some valuable minutes in the tank when they take on Aston Villa at Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium on Sunday.
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Potter named a 25-strong tour party that included Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell is also in the United Arab Emirates after a hamstring injury ruled him out of the World Cup.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6863353/chelsea-in-double-injury-boost-as-james-fofana/ Chelsea on double injury boost as Reece James and Wesley Fofana return to training