Clarke-Salter injury boost, Drinkwater’s January return – How Chelsea’s loan stars are faring

While the festive period is one of the most hectic in English football, it is not the same way in other countries.

The winter break across Europe means that a number of Chelsea’s many players out on loan have been having a well earned rest before returning to action in the new year.

Of course, not everyone is so lucky, with the loanees who stayed in English football playing two games in quick succession.

There has been mixed fortunes for the players who have been in action over the past week, with some recording valuable wins, but others struggling for game time as they look destined to return to the club in January.

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Take a look at how a selection of the loanees have got on over Christmas.

Danny Drinkwater

Was an unused substitute for Burnley against Manchester United. He has made just one Premier League appearance for Sean Dyche’s team and is likely to return to Stamford Bridge in January after an unsuccessful loan spell.

Trevoh Chalobah

Chalobah played the full 90 minutes of both of Huddersfield’s games over the Christmas period. A 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to Middlesbrough was followed by a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

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Elias Kachunga of Huddersfield Town and Jake Clarke-Salter of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City at John Smith’s Stadium
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