Chelsea hit by fresh injury blow ahead of Liverpool trip

Due to a hamstring injury, the defender had to withdraw from the draw against Aston Villa and is still not fully recovered.

Levi Colwill, who skipped Chelsea’s Monday practice, is fighting to play Liverpool.

The 20-year-old defender must survive Tuesday’s practise in order to accompany the team to Anfield on Wednesday.

Colwill pulled out of the warm-up for Friday’s FA Cup match against Aston Villa owing to hamstring stiffness, however Chelsea thinks the issue is mild.

The England international is expected to return for the match against Liverpool, although Mauricio Pochettino was unable to get him to practice on Monday.

Ben Chilwell, who is expected to start at left back, and Benoit Badiashile, who would take Colwill’s place at center back, are other defensive options.

Having only recently returned from a four-month absence, Chilwell was a substitute against Villa and should be well enough to start his first Premier League game since September.

Colwill should be ready to play against Wolves on Sunday if he is unable to play against Liverpool.

Trevoh Chalobah and Christopher Nkunku were back in training and might be well enough to start on the bench at Anfield, but following multiple injury setbacks, their reintroduction will be handled carefully.

Robert Sanchez, the goalkeeper, returned to training on Monday for the first time since early September, when he suffered a knee injury. It is a constructive move in his continuing recuperation.

Alongside Malo Gusto, Reece James, Marc Cucurella, Romeo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwu, and Wesley Fofana on the sidelines, he is still not playing for Liverpool.

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