Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has inherited a pretty difficult situation at Stamford Bridge, with this new update.
Chelsea could line up when their best players finally returns from injury this month
Not only were the club unable to sign new players during the summer transfer window, they also lost one of their most gifted players of all time when Eden Hazard finally joined Real Madrid.
And Hazard isn’t the only star Lampard has been missing during Chelsea’s shaky start to the new Premier League campaign.
The Blues were rocked by several long-term injuries at the end of last season, with some of their best players still yet to return.
Defence has been the main issue for Lampard’s men, who have conceded a staggering nine goals in their opening four games.
Chelsea are yet to keep a clean sheet and their defensive options have been thinned by the decision to let David Luiz join Arsenal on deadline day.
But the Blues will soon be boosted by the return of their best central defender when Antonio Rudiger completes his recovery from a knee injury.
Rudiger has returned to full training and should be available after the international break, along with another key defensive asset, N’Golo Kante.
The ever-reliable Frenchman has struggled to shake off a persistent ankle injury, missing two of the opening four league matches, but the international break has proved timely for his recovery efforts.
Pedro has also missed two matches due to a hamstring strain, but he too looks set to benefit from the international break, and could be fit for the upcoming clash with Wolves.
Lampard has placed a great deal of faith in Chelsea’s academy products – with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham responsible for all of the club’s league goals so far – and he looks set to be boosted by the return of another young duo later this month.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been out of action with a ruptured Achilles tendon since April, but the England teenager is back in full training for the Blues.
Moreover, 19-year-old right-back Reece James, who starred on loan for Wigan last season, could make a full recovery from ligament damage by the end of September.
One player who won’t be back in the near future, however, is midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The 23-year-old, who enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge last term before rupturing his Achilles tendon, isn’t expected to return until early November.
Nonetheless, there is still plenty of cause for optimism at Chelsea this month, and perhaps we will see a more accurate reflection of the club’s potential under Lampard when his best players are available.