Potter: Fofana could return to Chelsea before the World Cup

LONDON: On Friday, Chelsea manager Graham Potter said defender Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is not as serious as he initially feared and that the Frenchman could be back in a few weeks, adding that midfielder N’Golo Kante is also close to the return. Fofana, who arrived from Leicester City in late August in a deal worth £ 75m ($ 83.51m), scored his first goal for Chelsea in a 3-0 win in Champions League against AC Milan on Wednesday before hobbling out. “Wesley’s knee isn’t as bad as we thought and it’s okay,” Potter told reporters ahead of Saturday’s home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It takes a few weeks. “There is the possibility (to play before the World Cup), but it depends on the qualification process”. Kante hasn’t been in a game since mid-August due to a hamstring problem, but Potter won’t rush the French international’s return. “Kante communicates more with the team. He’s not ready (for matches) on the weekend, but he’s getting closer (back).” “There is nothing we can do, the injury happened. But we have to make sure that when he comes back he will be back safe and sound. It’s something we have to deal with ”. Chelsea are fifth with 13 points, seven points clear of Wolverhampton, 18th, who sacked manager Bruno Lage last week. Potter believes that the turmoil Wolverhampton is going through will not be in Chelsea’s favor and that the two teams’ game has always been competitive. Wolverhampton’s visit will see former Chelsea striker Diego Costa return to Stamford Bridge, where he won two English Premier League titles and the League Cup during his three years at the club Londoner. “We have the utmost respect for him and his career,” said Potter of the 33-year-old forward, who scored 59 goals for Chelsea. He is with (Wolves) and he will come ready to play. “” I have followed his career from afar and I have a lot of respect for him. (Wolverhampton) has a lot of good strikers and we have to be ready. ” (Reuters)