Who is out and who is a doubt for the clash against Newcastle United after the international break?
It’s the international break and for Chelsea it’s the ideal time for some rest and recovery.
The Blues are in a good position in the Premier League as they sit fifth after a positive start to the new season.
Frank Lampard’s side have also made a decent start to life back in the Champions League and Carabao Cup, meaning that for the new Chelsea boss it’s been as good a start as he can hope.
Of course Lampard has had a number of injury woes to contend with already, but the hope is that those worries will be eased after the international break.
Here’s the latest Chelsea injury news.
The striker was replaced by Michy Batshuayi with just six minutes of the game left to play. He received treatment on the pitch at St Mary’s after receiving a knock to the knee.
But in good news for Blues’ fans, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has given a positive update on the 22-year-old.
“He took a bang on the back of the knee but he’s ok. I think he just wanted a round of applause,” Lampard said after the game.
The Italian picked up an injury while on international duty earlier in the month, he did make his return against Liverpool, but lasted just 15 minutes before having to be substituted.
Speaking ahead of the meeting with Brighton on last week, Lampard confirmed a blow for the Blues, with the defender out until after the next international break.
“Emerson is going to be the other side of the international break with the hamstring injury,” the Chelsea boss confirmed.
The German made his first appearance of the season against Wolves a few weeks ago, but had to be replaced at half-time.
Rudiger has not been included in the squad since with Lampard revealing that no date has been set for his return.
“Toni has got a recurring injury in the groin,” he said. “So it’s not the knee.
“We are trying to find a solution because he still does have some pain. We are hopeful that it won’t be long, but we don’t have an end date for you.”
Loftus-Cheek was establishing himself as a key member of Maurizio Sarri’s squad at the end of last season.
However, in the post-season friendly ahead of the Europa League final, Loftus-Cheek suffered the same fate as Hudson-Odoi and ruptured his Achilles’ tendon.
The midfielder is still undergoing rehabilitation and it is still going to be some time before Loftus-Cheek is back to full fitness, with Premier Injuries suggesting that a November return could be on the cards.
In a boost to Chelsea, Lampard has confirmed that the midfielder is stepping up his recovery by training outside.
“Ruben we can’t give a date but he is outside jogging slowly,” he said ahead of the Brighton game last week. “That is a positive move for this week, good to see him outside and we will see how that goes over the next weeks.”
The player has also been talking about his road to recovery.
“I’ve actually had a few setbacks that have put me behind which has been quite frustrating to be honest,” he told WOWHYDRATE.
“I’ve had to learn to walk again and I’ve only just got pain free but for sure I’m going to come back stronger, sharper and do whatever I can to be in better shape.
“Everything I’ve been working towards is for the feeling of stepping back onto that pitch again and I’m ready to go.”
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The midfielder is a long term absentee, having suffered an Anterior Cruciate ligament injury. The Dutchman is on the way to recovery, having posted a picture of him doing bike work alongside Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Although there is no return date provided for the 26-year-old.
Both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount were replaced at St Mary’s, but there are no injury concerns over the duo.