CHELSEA go into this weekend’s clash with Newcastle hoping to have N’Golo Kante fit and ready for action.
Frank Lampard has a few injury concerns ahead the Toon game, with Andreas Christensen, Ross Barkley, Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic and Reece James also nursing knocks.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson are all officially ruled out already.
Kante missed France’s match with Iceland last week after injuring himself in the warm-up, but is being tipped to play.
However, the defensive midfield maestro made the bench for Monday night’s game with Turkey in a huge boost for Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Kovacic limped off against Wales with a knee injury, and is yet to find out the full extent of the damage.
Barkley is another concern for the Blues after he was spotted with an ice pack around his calf after coming off in England’s game with Bulgaria – having scored twice and assisted another goal in the 6-0 thumping.
Christensen and Rudiger are two long-term worries, both desperate to make a return to the first-team, while James should be fine to play after a minor scare while on England Under-21s duty.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to start between the stick, with a back-four of James, Fikayo Tomori, Rudiger and Marcos Alonso set to be Lampard’s first-choice if all are fit.
But Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma could be called into the XI should James and Rudiger fail their fitness tests.
In midfield, Kante – if fit – will start alongside Jorginho in the two defensive slots, with Mason Mount roaming in front of them in the No10 spot.
Callum Hudson-Odoi looks fit and raring to go after scoring twice for England’s Under-21s – and he’s almost certain to start at left wing.
Willian will likely beat Pedro to a place on the right-flank, while Christian Pulisic may not be ready to play, with the winger left in tears after being taken off in USA’s loss to Canada – reportedly with the flu.
Tammy Abraham is a certainty to start through at centre-forward, despite Michy Batshuayi’s red-hot international form.