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Graham Potter pre Bournemount Press Conference and Injury updates

🔹Graham Potter on World Cup squad: “It’s a bit of a mix when they got knocked out and how much game time they played. They’ve come back in a really good way, still waiting on Hakim and Mateo. They went to the third and fourth place final, so big demand important. Won’t be available for the game [vs Bournemouth]. Everybody else is back, had a few days training.”

🔹Graham Potter on Hakim Ziyech: “We know his qualities, we like him. You can speak a lot, there is always players who are not in starting XI and have to be patient. Delighted for him to get the game time and help the team [Morocco].”

🔹Graham Potter on injuries: “Armando is a big loss. Reece is back in, training, completed 65 minutes in the week. Still without Ruben, Ben Chilwell, Kante, Mendy has had a couple days training. Kante is a while, end of February start of March.”

🔹Graham Potter on Edouard Mendy’s contract situation: “It’s not my place to speak publicly about players’ contract situation, that’s with the club. He’s been top with me.”

🔹Graham Potter on turning Chelsea’s league form around: “It’s always nice to win. We know the situation, we know how important it is, we want to try our best. We were suffering before the break, results weren’t what we wanted, performances not so good either. You go through these moments. You have to accept they happen and get through them. A break can help, of course.”

🔹Graham Potter on Gary O’Neil and Bournemouth: “Results wise, a significant improvement. Performances strong, very clear, I like how they play. Defensively sound, he’s done a really good job.”

🔹Graham Potter on N’Golo Kante: “My focus is to get him back fit as soon as possible. Everyone knows the quality, it’s just getting him on the pitch playing football.”

🔹Graham Potter on break: “We’ve used the time as best as we can. First few days we had four players to work with. We’ve used the young players, built the ideas and consolidate the learning in that intense period. We had a week away together, helps [building connections].”

🔹Graham Potter on managing players’ schedules: “What we’ve done is given the guys at the World Cup some time off. It’s not easy to get balance right. You have to constantly evaluate the players and assess. We don’t know how the World Cup affects [us] long-term. It’s a constant assessment. Now we are confident and can prepare normally for games.”

🔹Graham Potter: “Wesley [Fofana] had a little setback which can happens sometimes at the last stage of rehab. He will be a couple of weeks and will not be available for the game [vs Bournemouth].”

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