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Reece James' return, Ruben Loftus-Cheek's chance - The Chelsea XI that should face Brentford

Premier League football is about to return, and now that the majority of the players have returned to Cobham, Thomas Tuchel will be ready to select his team to face Brentford. 


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is without a number of players for the trip to face the Bees, although Romelu Lukaku was declared fit for the match on Friday afternoon after withdrawing from Belgium's squad for the Nations League 3rd/4th play-off. 


Thiago Silva is fit, but he won't be back from Brazil until Saturday afternoon, after their match against Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning, leaving Tuchel with a lot of crucial decisions to make as his team tries to set the pace at the top of the table.

Thomas Frank's side has stunned a number of Premier League heavyweights, with Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo starring in victories over West Ham and Arsenal, as well as a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool. 


Tuchel will be hoping to prevent a repeat performance. 


Chelsea reporters from chose their sides for Saturday's encounter.

For the game against Brentford, Thomas Tuchel does not have a defensive crisis on his hands, but he does have some selection difficulties in his defense to cope with. 


Due to his 3:30am UK time finish with Brazil and their 4-1 win over Uruguay on Friday morning, the Blues boss will be without Antonio Rudiger for the game. Thiago Silva will also miss out due to his 3:30am UK time finish with Brazil and their 4-1 win over Uruguay on Friday morning. 


Reece James, who returned to training this week after recovering from an ankle injury, may be in contention if Tuchel believes he is ready to be pushed back in. 


If not, Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has been moved farther up the pitch, may have to return to his defensive role.

N'Golo Kante's fitness was not updated when his 10-day self-isolation period ended in midweek because he was also back on the pitches at Cobham after testing positive for Covid-19, but presuming he is okay, he should start. Mason Mount made his England debut in midweek and came through uninjured, so he appears poised to return to the starting lineup for the Blues. 


Tuchel's defense isn't his first choice, but the Blues' backline is so strong that he can trust it to keep Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo quiet for the full 90 minutes.

Sam's XI: Mendy; James, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Chalobah, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho, Mount; Werner, Lukaku.

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