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Raheem Sterling goal, Edouard Mendy woes: Every Chelsea player at World Cup group stage round-up

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Chelsea have 15 players representing the club at the World Cup in Qatar, with many of them in contention of winning the tournament. Graham Potter will be eagerly watching on as he looks to transform the Blues’ fortunes upon the return of the Premier League in late December.

The 47-year-old will also be hoping that the club don’t pick up any injuries over the next couple of weeks, having already suffered a wave of absences. As it stands, Chelsea players at the World Cup have done well to evade injury.

With the Blues heading into the tournament outside of the European qualification places, the World Cup comes at the perfect time to allow players the chance to recapture their best form. Raheem Sterling for example scored in England’s opener versus Iran, despite having struggled to find the net previously at Stamford Bridge.

READ MORE: England player ratings vs Iran: Saka and Bellingham impress as England romp to 6-2 World Cup win

So, with that being said, football.london has taken a look at how the Chelsea players are getting on at the World Cup in Qatar.

Raheem Sterling – England

Sterling scored in England’s 6-2 win opener against Iran. The Chelsea winger impressed for the Three Lions, with a lavish outside of the boot finish earmarking a bright start to the World Cup.

England vs USA, 25 November (19:00 GMT)

Wales vs England, 29 November (19:00 GMT)

Mason Mount – England

Mount did well in a midfield-three for England versus Iran, operating as a No. 8. The Cobham graduate looked at home in his new role alongside Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice.

England vs USA, 25 November (19:00 GMT)

Wales vs England, 29 November (19:00 GMT)

Conor Gallagher – England

Gallagher didn’t feature for the Three Lions against Iran. He’ll be hoping to feature in some capacity before the round of 16.

England vs USA, November 25 (19:00 GMT)

Wales vs England, November 29 (19:00 GMT)

Kai Havertz – Germany

Germany kick-off their World Cup campaign on Wednesday and Havertz will be hoping to feature. Whether he leads the line or operates as an attacking midfielder, the Chelsea star is set for a big tournament.

Germany vs Japan, November 23 (13:00 GMT)

Spain vs Germany, November 27 (19:00 GMT)

Costa Rica vs Germany, December 1 (19:00 GMT)

Cesar Azpilicueta – Spain

Azpilicueta also kickstarts his World Cup campaign on Wednesday. The Blues captain featured off the bench in Spain’s final friendly before the tournament so a start looks unlikely.

Spain vs Costa Rica, November 23 (16:00 GMT)

Spain vs Germany, November 27 (19:00 GMT)

Japan vs Spain, December 1 (19:00 GMT)

Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal

Senegal had a World Cup opener to forget following a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands. Koulibaly – and Mendy – face the hosts next as they look to return to winning ways.

Qatar vs Senegal, November 25 (13:00 GMT)

Ecuador vs Senegal, November 29 (15:00 GMT)

Edouard Mendy – Senegal

Mendy had a frustrating World Cup opener after failing to impress in a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands. The Chelsea goalkeeper – and Koulibaly – face the hosts next as they try to get their tournament going.

Qatar vs Senegal, November 25 (13:00 GMT)

Ecuador vs Senegal, November 29 (15:00 GMT)

Mateo Kovacic – Croatia

Kovacic is one of many Chelsea players who kick-off their World Cup campaign on Wednesday. He is set to come up against Ziyech in what could be a tough clash.

Morocco vs Croatia, November 23 (10:00 GMT)

Croatia vs Canada, November 27 (16:00 GMT)

Croatia vs Belgium, December 1 (15:00 GMT)

Christian Pulisic – United States

Gareth Bale scored a late penalty against the USMNT to salvage a point for Wales. Pulisic struggled to work his magic, although he did get an assist for Timothy Weah’s goal, and will be hoping to impress against England who are next up.

England vs USA, November 25 (19:00 GMT)

Iran vs USA, November 29 (19:00 GMT)

Thiago Silva – Brazil

Silva stands a real chance at lifting the World Cup with Brazil this winter. So, the Chelsea defender will be keen to live up to the hype his nation has generated thus far without even kicking a ball.

Brazil vs Serbia, November 24 (19:00 GMT)

Brazil vs Switzerland, November 28 (16:00 GMT)

Cameroon vs Brazil, December 2 (19:00 GMT)

Hakim Ziyech – Morocco

Ziyech is set to come up against Kovacic in what could be a tough clash. It could be a tough group for Morocco so a result is pivotal.

Morocco vs Croatia, November 23 (10:00 GMT)

Belgium vs Morocco, November 27 (13:00 GMT)

Canada vs Morocco, December 1 (15:00 GMT)

Denis Zakaria (loanee) – Switzerland

A tough group for Zakaria and Switzerland. The midfielder impressed when called upon for Chelsea this season – albeit he wasn’t opted for very often…

Switzerland vs Cameroon, November 24 (10:00 GMT)

Brazil vs Switzerland, November 28 (16:00 GMT)

Serbia vs Switzerland, December 2 (19:00 GMT)

Baba Rahman (on loan) – Ghana

The left-back is currently on loan at Championship side Reading. He’ll be hoping to prove himself in a bid to secure a future at Chelsea wildly against the odds.

Portugal vs Ghana, November 24 (16:00 GMT)

South Korea vs Ghana, November 28 (13:00 GMT)

Ghana vs Uruguay, December 2 (15:00 GMT)

Romelu Lukaku (on loan) – Belgium

Lukaku is on loan at Inter. The striker has struggled with injuries this season and it remains to be seen whether he’ll have th…

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