Aston Villa have been bolstered by the return of key first-team players to Dean Smith’s squad.
Villa travel to Chelsea for a Premier League clash with Thomas Tuchel’s reigning European champions and face a stern test at Stamford Bridge.
Smith‘s men will be without Emiliano Buenda and Emiliano Martinez with the pair in isolation after their participation in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers.
But Villa will welcome back Bertrand Traore and Leon Bailey from hamstring injuries while Ollie Watkins is back to full fitness after picking up a knee injury in pre-season.
Meanwhile Jacob Ramsey and John McGinn are both available for selection after missing the Brentford game last time out because of quarantine.
And Morgan Sanson has said on social media that he is travelling to Chelsea as part of the matchday squad having been out since April with a knee injury.
However up-and-coming talents Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace both got injured on international duty and Keinan Davis and Trezeguet (knee) both remain out.
“We’re getting healthier,” Smith said.
“We’ve lost a lot of players during the start of the season and this international window has given us an opportunity to get some back to full fitness.”
Here’s the latest injury news from Bodymoor Heath…
Injury: Adductor strain.
Target return date: TBC
What we know: Chukwuemeka picked up the injury while on international duty with England Under-19s.
What Smith said: “He felt an adductor strain that he’s had in his England Under-19 game, which we’re pleased to say he captained the team. He’s certainly progressing well, but he’ll be out on Saturday unfortunately due to that injury.”
Target return date: TBC
What we know: Philogene-Bidace uploaded a picture to social media platform Instagram that showed his right foot in a boot before removing the post.
What Smith said: “Philogene-Bidace got injured as well with England.”
Target return date: No return date yet pencilled in but still faces several more months on the sidelines.
What we know: Villa will be expecting Trezeguet back at some point this season after undergoing surgery on a serious knee injury involving ligament damage in April. He has been training on the grass at Bodymoor.
What Smith said: “He’s had a significant knee injury which is normally nine months. We never like to put a time frame on injuries but that’s the average time to come back. Some come back earlier, some come back later.”
Target return date: Reports claim he could be out until the start of October.
What we know:Davis picked up the injury in pre-season, reportedly scuppering a loan move to Stoke City, but is out of a brace.