Chelsea boosted by Mason Mount return for Burnley clash but no guarantees over England availability

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Chelsea boosted by Mason Mount return for Burnley clash but no guarantees over England availability
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Mason Mount is available for Chelsea’s clash with Burnley – but wisdom tooth issues have placed doubts over his ability to join up with the England squad.

The midfielder missed the games against Newcastle and Malmo due to illness, which has now been diagnosed as problems with his tooth.

He returned to training this week and will be included in the squad for Saturday, but Thomas Tuchel confirmed that treatment could see him miss some or all of the international break.

He said: “It’s a bit of a tricky one. He was ill, but the reason is the wisdom tooth so this is the reason for the illness or feeling like an illness. There is a bit of an infection.

“He was back in training yesterday and today, he lost a bit of weight, he cannot eat properly so he takes medication and let’s see.

“He is in the squad for tomorrow, he can play some minutes but we will need to wait for the reaction because it seems like a proper treatment has to be done.”

Mount has been called up for England’s final World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino, but Tuchel offered no guarantees that he will be available.

“I expect him (to join) if everything is okay, but the tendency that I know right now is we need a proper treatment of the wisdom teeth so it could be that he is out or that he joins the England squad maybe a little bit later.

“We will always push and encourage him, there is no doubt. We are proud when he is selected. He is proud when he is selected so there are no tactics behind the backs or behind closed doors that we try to manage and everyone is trying to keep Mason here. But we have full responsibility for his health and there is something going on which we need to take care about.”

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Marcos Alonso is out of the Burnley game after suffering an ankle injury against Malmo in midweek, while Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Mateo Kovacic have all been ruled out.

N’Golo Kante was left behind when Chelsea travelled to Sweden for Tuesday’s Champions League tie, but that was just to allow him to prepare for the weekend.

Lukaku is back running after an ankle injury, but is not ready to play yet.

Tuchel added: “We have the international break now and then we will be more clear. We will use the time of course and see what’s going on in the second week.

“We will have every day treatment for him and for Timo and Mateo to bring them on the pitch as soon as possible.”

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