‘Good chance’ of Chilwell and Sterling being passed fit

Raheem Sterling and Ben Chilwell look on course to be in the Chelsea’s squad for Saturday’s home game against Southampton.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday afternoon, Blues boss Graham Potter said both players were due to train later in the day and had a “good chance” of being passed fit.

Having recently returned after injury, Sterling picked up a knock in training and missed this week’s Champions League game away to Borussia Dortmund.

Chilwell, who also recently returned to action, appeared to be struggling when he went off during the second half in Germany.

But Potter revealed: “It’s positive. We train later this afternoon and providing they come through that OK then there’s a good chance they will be in the squad and in contention.”

Chilwell, who suffered a long-term knee injury last season, has had to be carefully managed upon his return to regular action.

Potter explained: “That’s the challenge for us – to manage his minutes. The decision will be made depending on how he comes through later.

“We will make the call tonight or tomorrow with regards to the extent of how much he can play. But we’re pleased with the steps he’s taking and it was only a knock he got the other night.”

Meanwhile, Potter says he would like Mason Mount’s long-term future to be resolved sooner rather than later.