Chelsea predicted XI to play Everton as Romelu Lukaku hopes to start first PL game in two months and Kante returns

ROMELU LUKAKU is hoping to start his first Premier League game in two months when Chelsea face Everton tomorrow.

The former Toffees striker will be eager to face his old side at Stamford Bridge after recovering from injury.

And after some decent minutes from the bench over the last fortnight, Lukaku could be set to lead the line from minute one on Thursday.

N’Golo Kante is also back from injury in a huge boost for Thomas Tuchel.

But Chelsea's German coach has confirmed he will only make the bench, along with Trevoh Chalobah.

Elsewhere, Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell remain sidelined.

Tuchel said: “N’Golo will be back on the bench tomorrow, Trevoh will also be back in the squad.

“They did two training sessions. Kovacic and Chilwell are out.”

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It means Chelsea, their usual 5-2-3 shape, could deploy Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger to protect Edouard Mendy.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks set to remain in midfield alongside Jorginho, with Reece James and Marcos Alonso on the flanks.

Finally, Lukaku could be supported in attack by Mason Mount and Timo Werner.

But there are other options for Tuchel if he wants a more fluid approach.

Kai Havertz could yet start ahead of Lukaku in attack, with Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech also eager for minutes.

That means Mount could drop into a deeper position, with Callum Hudson-Odoi also coming in as a wing-back for Alonso.

Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is another solid option in defence for Tuchel after impressing against Leeds.

And the immediate future is looking brighter for Chelsea as they welcome more injured players back into the fold.

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