Chelsea have three injury doubts for Aston Villa clash including Kai Havertz | Football | Sport

Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday when they host Aston Villa in the late kick off. And they will be sweating on the fitness of three key players for the clash.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have started the season in tantalising fashion and are one of six sides to remain unbeaten in their opening three games.

The Blues began their season with a 3-0 humbling of Crystal Palace before seeing off Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

They then battled to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool, despite playing the whole of the second period with 10 men following the dismissal of Reece James.

James will miss Saturday’s clash as he serves a one-match ban but will be available for the trip to Tottenham on Sunday, September 19.

Meanwhile, Tuchel could also be without Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku and N’Golo Kante when Villa visit.

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The Chelsea boss will also be sweating on the fitness of Lukaku after the star striker said he would undergo a scan on his thigh.

The 28-year-old struck a brace for Belgium as they defeated Estonia 5-2 on Thursday, before scoring another in his country’s 3-0 victory over Czech Republic on Sunday.

He was brought off with nine minutes of Sunday’s match remaining and admitted he’d been struggling with a thigh problem for some time during a post-match interview.

Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge this summer for a club-record £97.5million and scored on his second debut for the club in the win at Arsenal.

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