Kante and James set to return for Chelsea against Aston Villa
Chelsea have been handed a boost as head coach Graham Potter prepares to welcome Reece James and N'Golo Kante back from injury for their Premier League game against Aston Villa.
Having played the last six minutes in England's 2-1 away win against Italy, James withdrew from the England squad with an injury but has been training with Chelsea since.
Kante has not featured since August after suffering a hamstring injury that required surgery, but is in line to feature against Villa after playing in a series of behind-closed-doors friendlies during the break.
"Reece has had the last two training sessions with us so providing there is no reaction he should be available," Potter said at a press conference on Friday.
"N'Golo has had some time on the pitch, some game time, so that's good for him.
"We have to manage that because he's been out for so long but I'm pretty sure he will be out on the pitch at some point."
Potter also confirmed that Saturday's fixture will come too soon for defensive trio Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Wesley Fofana, while Raheem Sterling is also set to miss the game.
"Silva and Azpilicueta are still away. Raheem and Fofana are coming back but will miss the game, they have more of a chance for Tuesday [v Liverpool]," Potter said.
Mason Mount was another forced to pull out of the England squad with a pubic bone injury and has endured a tough season with just three Premier League goals so far.
The 24-year-old's contract expires at the end of next season but despite rumours over his future at the London club, Potter was full of praise for Mount's attitude.
"Mount has trained and is available, probably not for the start," he said.
"It's been tough for him because he's had niggly injuries and noise off the pitch. He's a top professional, how he's acted with me and around us has been top.
"Sometimes if things in your career aren't optimal, you've got to act well and he has."
Chelsea sit in 10th place in the league and look to bounce back from their disappointing 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Everton.
Unai Emery's Villa are level on points with the Blues in 11th and are unbeaten in their last four league games.