Frank Lampard’s side face Brighton away on New Year’s Day following a late 2-1 Premier League win over Arsenal at the weekend following the Latest Chelsea Injury Update on Christian Pulisic, Reece James, Marcos Alonso
Sunday turned out to be a good day for Chelsea and Frank Lampard.
Two late goals saw the Blues turn the Premier League encounter with Arsenal on its head and come away with all three points after trailing for the majority of the game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 13th minute header was enough to see the Gunners lead up until the 83rd minute, when Jorginho capitalised on a mistake by goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
It got even better for Chelsea, when Tammy Abraham got his first ever goal against one of the traditional big six sides, just four minutes later, to complete the comeback and ensure that three points would be going back to Stamford Bridge.
It is another quick turnaround for Chelsea as they are back in action on Wednesday when they take on Brighton and the AMEX Stadium.
But, who may or may not be available for Lampard ahead of the match? Take a look at the Latest Chelsea Injury Update on Christian Pulisic, Reece James, Marcos Alonso and others.
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 injury as Hudson-Odoi as he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon.
Loftus-Cheek working towards a return as soon as possible and has been keeping fans updated with his progress.
“It’s going well!” he told Versus earlier in the season when asked about his recovery. “It’s been a long time and I’ve had a few setbacks as well. It’s never been just a straight path but I’m close now…I’ve been running and moving, I feel I’m right on the edge. I’m close and I can’t wait.”
Lampard however confirmed that the recovery is not going as fast as the club would have hoped.
Loftus-Cheek has since posted an encouraging update on social media, showing him doing work outside as he again steps up his recovery.
There is still no set return date for the England international, however, some reports suggest that he could be back as soon as next month.
Marco van Ginkel
The midfielder is a long term absentee, as he continues his rehabilitation following an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The Dutchman is on the way to recovery, having confirmed on social media that he has now returned to training.
“After more than a year, finally back on the pitch,” he wrote.
“For most players it is normal to be training outside, but I had some setbacks during my recovery which was really frustrating.
“I am working hard everyday, not there yet but it is getting closer now.”
The Frenchman rolled an ankle in training earlier in the month, causing him to miss Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat away to Everton and the Champions League Group H decider against Lille.
The 33-year-old did return to training ahead of the game against the Cherries, but wasn’t included in the matchday squad for either that game, the clash against Tottenham, or the Southampton defeat. While he is now fit, he might not feature for the Blues again.
Giroud, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has found opportunities hard to come by this season owing to Tammy Abraham’s excellent form up front for Frank Lampard’s side.
He may try to leave the club when the transfer window opens next month having already placed on record his need for minutes with the European Championship to come in June.
Reece James and Marcos Alonso
Reece James is facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring an ankle in training on Christmas Day, while fellow full-back Marcos Alonso, who didn’t make the matchday squad vs Arsenal.
It is unclear whether the ankle injured by James is the same one he required surgery on last summer, ruling him out of the early months of this campaign.
But he didn’t feature against Arsenal after picking up the injury.
“Marcos Alonso got a small muscle injury,” Frank Lampard said before the match against the Gunners. “Hopefully he’ll be OK for Arsenal but Reece James probably won’t.
“He got an ankle injury and we need to look at it. It’s probably going to be a bit longer.
The American attacker was also left out of the matchday squad vs Arsenal after picking up a minor injury in training ahead of the match.
It is thought that his omission was a precaution, with the problem not expected to keep the 21-year-old out for long.
Mateo Kovacic, Emerson and Fikayo Tomori were all substituted against the Gunners, but there is no indication of any injuries to the trio.