Chelsea news: Christian Pulisic injury latest, Callum Hudson-Odoi scan, Carlo Ancelotti message

It is a pivotal few weeks ahead for Chelsea as they prepare for a key run of fixtures in different competitions.

The Blues host Everton in the Premier League this weekend, with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti set to return to Stamford Bridge with his Toffees side.

Following that, Chelsea travel to face Aston Villa next Saturday, before the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich and an FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City later this month.

But Chelsea have some significant problems at the moment, with as many as nine players set to miss the game against Everton this weekend as a result of injury or suspension.

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Striker Tammy Abraham and midfielders N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are among the players sidelined at the moment, along with long-term absentee Marco van Ginkel.

Below, we take a look at news on some of the other injured players within the Chelsea squad ahead of the clash with Everton.

Christian Pulisic injury latest

Chelsea fans will be hoping to see American international Christian Pulisic back in a Blues shirt soon.

And they could get their wish, with the former Borussia Dortmund man closing in on a return to the first team, having not featured for Chelsea since the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year’s Day.

Earlier this week, Pulisic confirmed that he was closing in on a return to action, and Blues boss Frank Lampard has given an update on the 21-year-old.

Frank Lampard greets Christian Pulisic during a Chelsea training session (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

“We’ve just had an in-house game here, that Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] and Christian Pulisic took part in,” Lampard said, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Everton this weekend.

“Great to see Christian get some…