Chelsea are back in Premier League action this weekend after an impressive Champions League comeback.
The Blues came back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 against Ajax on Tuesday night, with academy graduate Reece James the hero when he finished well to pull Lampard’s men level.
Chelsea now host Crystal Palace in the Premier League as they look to continue their good run and open up a further gap to fifth place.
The Blues are in the final Champons League place after 11 games, but are six points clear of fifth place Arsenal, with the Gunners and third place Leicester facing each other this weekend.
Frank Lampard will know that the Blues will have to be on their guard to get a positive result against the Eagles, who have impressed so far this season.
The Chelsea boss will be helped if he has players returning from injury.
But what are the chances of that happening? Here’s the latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates.
Antonio Rudiger appeared to have Frank Lampard a welcome injury boost by declaring himself fit for the Blues’ trip to Watford last week.
The German centre back underwent knee surgery in the summer and has missed a good majority of the season, but is set to return in the near future.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road, he said: “It is very long now [his absence].
“Even with my cruciate ligament rupture, I was not out for so long.
“I’m itching [to play] but very patient.”
However, Rudiger was not available to face Watford as explained by Lampard, who revealed that the defender is seeing a specialist.
The midfielder was forced off in the victory over Newcastle with an ankle injury.
Speaking of the injury, Lampard said: “Ross turned his ankle. It looks a bit nasty at first glance, but the doctor wants to have a look at tomorrow. I have no more on that.”
Barkley has since missed the last five games including the Ajax clash, but he has been training with the team and could make his return against Crystal Palace.
The midfielder was substituted in the second half of the match against Ajax, with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
Speaking following the Champions League game, Lampard offered an update on the England man.
“They’ve strapped his ankle and hopefully it’s relatively minor,” he said (via Chelseafc ).
Chelsea received a major boost with Kante deemed fit enough to be named on the bench against Ajax, although he was an unused substitute, his appearance in the squad would have been a welcome sight for Lampard.
The midfielder has been struggling with injuries so far this season, and will now be hoping to make his Premier League return vs Palace.
Lampard offered an update on the Frenchman ahead of the Champions League match.
“He’s in the squad, so he’s fit in terms of… It looks nicely like the injuries and the few niggles he was getting have cleared up,” Lampard confirmed. “And we’ve been able to get some work into him, it’s always a little bit stop-start before that.
“But yes he’s in the squad and available.”
Defender Andreas Christensen also picked up an injury while on international duty.
The 23-year-old was spotted holding his groin as he limped off during Denmark’s 1-0 win over Switzerland.
Christensen missed the victories over Newcastle, Ajax, Burnley and Watford, but was back in the squad for the match against Ajax.
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, with Loftus-Cheek working towards a return as soon as possible.
“It’s going well!” He told Versus when asked about his recovery from injury.
“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.”
Marco van Ginkel
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 video of himself working on the anti-gravity treadmill at the club’s training ground.
However, there is no return date provided for the 26-year-old as yet.
Kovacic, and Alonso were both substituted against Ajax but for tactical reasons rather than injury related so the attacking trio should be fine to face Palace.