Bad news for Chelsea regarding captain Reece James's injury

It's deja vu and bad news on Fulham Road as Chelsea captain Reece James receives a negative fitness update. Meanwhile, a whopping seven Blues are dispensable in manager Mauricio Pochettino's eyes
Everton FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League
Everton FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League / Chelsea Football Club/GettyImages

Groundhog Day 2, starring Reece James and Bill Murray. In all seriousness, I cannot actually say that the west London side will miss James, because we never get to enjoy his consistent involvement. The Blues skipper suffered another hamstring problem against Everton. There is now a claim about the Englishman's health:

"James is expected to see an expert on Tuesday to determine the next course of action regarding his latest rehabilitation spell. Part of the visit will see James’s injured hamstring scanned for a full diagnosis on the his latest setback.

But because the defender has a history of hamstring problems there is an understanding his recovery may not be completely straightforward - and Mail Sport understands he faces a lengthy period on the sidelines."

Seven Chelsea players up for sale

One or two names of the list of unwanted Chels' players at may surprise you. None are particularly shocking. I was not expecting Axel Disasi to be among the candidates to leave Stamford Bridge. When Thiago Silva was finally dropped for the Everton loss, it was assumed that Disasi and Benoit Badiashile would be integrated as a long-term centreback partnership. I presume that Wesley Fofana would have something to say about that when his timely return occurs.

Another man who appears to be liked by Pochettino but is in the group of stars to possibly be discarded, is Marc Cucurella. Cucurella has not become a Chelsea fan-favourite, although he is a decent and versatile fullback for depth, as I see it. Anyway, 'Poch' is apparently ready to allow the Spaniard to leave over the next two transfer windows, winter and summer.

Todd Boehly era acquisitions Malo Gusto and Noni Madueke are purportedly in trouble, with opportunities to be sold looming. I would keep Gusto, if it were my call; the CFC gaffer seems to not trust Madueke. Trevoh Chalobah, Ian Maatsen and Armando Broja complete the set. It is a shame that we haven't seen more of Maatsen, in my opinion.