Willian, Abraham, Kovacic – Latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates for Aston Villa

Chelsea took a huge step to finishing in the top four this season after an impressive 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday.

Frank Lampard’s side made it a Merseyside double, after backing up their victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round.

Goals from Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud sealed a comfortable win and maintained Chelsea’s three point cushion over Manchester United.

Next up, the Blues travel to Aston Villa at the weekend, but could be without a number of players.

Here’s the latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates ahead of the trip to Birmingham.

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N’Golo Kante

The Blues lost the central midfielder early on against Man United several weeks ago and Lampard confirmed the extent of the injury afterwards.

“It’s an adductor injury. We will have to assess it, scan it,” he said.

“But it doesn’t look great.”

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante leaves the game early because of a leg injury.
(Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Lampard stated at the time that he hoped to have Kante back in three weeks.

“N’Golo [Kante] is not fit. He has got a muscle injury [adductor], similar to the one he came off recently against Arsenal with. Hopefully he will be [back] in three weeks, something around that.”

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