Ahead of the match with AFC Bournemouth this afternoon, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins gave an injury update on two of his first team players.
Summer singings Jake Clarke-Salter and Martyn Waghorn, as well as Josh Eccles will be missing the clash at the Vitality Stadium but Robins hopes the trios return will not be far away.
“Jake, I spoke to on Thursday and he is fairly happy with things are progressing, he is getting some treatment down at Chelsea and doing some rehab work there and hopefully he won’t be too long.” Robins explained.
“Waggy is training, he is doing everything, so hopefully he can join in very soon in full contact and he’ll be available asap so he won’t be too far away, and I don’t think Jake will be too far away either but we’ve just got to see how he’ll respond to the treatment.
“Josh has been out for a long time, he played much of pre-season then he got this problem with his hip we had to have that rectified and that’s taken three months or so but it’s good to see him back.
“Nobody can really afford to be out for that long, obviously it is his formative years, and his learning has been disrupted but like I say If he can show that desire and determination to come back from this long-term injury then that will stand him in good stead moving forward.”
A long-term injury suffered by England left back Ben Chilwell last weekend sees Chelsea’s left back department short but Robins feels he has no reason to worry regarding a possible recall for Ian Maatsen.
“I’m certainly not going into any details in contractual terms but from my perspective there is no real concern, I’ve not heard anything to the contrary of him being with us for the season and hopefully that remains the case.
“I think he is getting a really good well-rounded experience both he and the Netherlands and I’m sure Chelsea are happy with that and his loan so far.
“He is performing and developing and I’m sure they’ll be happy with it but it’s out of my control what may or may not happen and there is no point concerning myself with that and if something happens we have to be on the ball to get a solution but until that happens there is no point worrying about anything.”