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News from London: New Chelsea injury news ahead of UCL clash with RB Salzburg

Chelsea’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante (L) and Chelsea’s Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

There is some fresh Chelsea injury news emerging from newly installed head coach Graham Potter ahead of the Champions League clash with RB Salzburg.

With the Blues currently bottom place in Group E and yet to even play AC Milan, Potter’s maiden match at the CFC team’s helm is more testing than an opener could be. Although, the atmosphere of a night game in European competition is truly spectacular and emits spectator noise almost like no other occasion. Meaning the Englishman and his men could well be buoyed by the expectant Chels’ fan base.

Predicting the latest gaffer’s probable starting lineup is not that easy, especially at a different club. However, examining Potter’s recent history at Brighton & Hove Albion could reveal hints. While fresh injuries may impact performance, they are unlikely to affect the first XI. But more on that later.

At Brighton this season the 47-year-old mostly seemed to use an interchangeable 3-5-2 formation throughout contests in hybrid form. A variational 3-5-1-1 was also utilised, particularly when the Seagulls were away from home so far this campaign.

Whichever setup and structure the former Swansea City manager deploys, he will probably be slightly more adventurous in attack than when employed at Amex Stadium. Being at a huge side with plenty of resources shall undoubtedly alter the overall methods because the situations are incomparable.

Potter gave his first pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon prior to meeting Salzburg on Wednesday evening. Personnel were naturally discussed, along with many other topics.

Potter says Mendy and Kante are both injured for the Salzburg game. Everyone else is available #CFC

— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) September 13, 2022

The recently appointed Blues boss was asked about the risk in taking a position of such magnitude. To which he replied that everyday life, including crossing roads, was also dangerous. The implication being that reward is out there for those among us who are intrepid.

Potter additionally updated press regarding fitness issues at Stamford Bridge. First of all, as pictured in the above tweet, first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is unavailable for the RCB outing. Secondly, N’golo Kante remains sidelined and will miss out, too. Kepa Arrizabalaga will deputise in goal; we could witness a solo defensive midfielder as opposed to the typical two.