Cole Palmer: Chelsea star a doubt for Premier League clash with Arsenal

Chelsea have been dealt a blow ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League trip to Arsenal as star forward Cole Palmer is a doubt due to illness.

While Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino has previously denied suggestions the England international is carrying an injury, he did confirm that Palmer was unlikely to feature.

The 21-year-old has proven a revelation for Chelsea during an otherwise difficult season for the club and has already established himself as a key player at Stamford Bridge.

Palmer is level with former Manchester City teammate Erling Haaland in the race for the Golden Boot after scoring 20 goals this season, while only three players have managed more than his nine assists.

Pochettino said the club would assess Palmer on Tuesday morning before their short journey across to the Emirates Stadium.

"We will see tomorrow”, he said.

“We need to assess tomorrow morning. Today, no. I don't believe he can be involved but we will assess him tomorrow morning. Even if he is good tomorrow, he may not be able to play."

Malo Gusto and Ben Chilwell are also doubts as they are under medical assessment.

"Malo suffered a minor problem in his knee,” he added.

“I hope it is not a big issue. Chilly also, after the national team, is the same problem from the last few weeks."