Who is out and who is a doubt for the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge?
Here are report Injury Update on Mount, Loftus-Cheek, Kante and Rudiger
Chelsea made their eagerly-awaited return to the Champions League football on Tuesday night.
Frank Lampard’s side would have been full of confidence for the game against Valencia having secured a 5-2 victory over Wolves on Saturday – a performance which was bound to inspire the young squad.
However, it was the La Liga side who came away with all three points thanks to a second half strike from Rodrigo. Ross Barkley had the chance to equalise but missed from the penalty spot.
Next up for the west London outfit is a big Premier League clash against leaders Liverpool a Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
But who will be involved for Chelsea?
Here’s the latest injury news.
The German made his first appearance of the season against Wolves but had to be replaced at half-time.
Lampard ruled the defender out of the clash with Valencia, citing a groin injury as the reason.
“Toni [Rudiger] is injured. He bothered a small groin injury that he has been carrying in the last couple of weeks, at the weekend, so he is out.
He will have a scan today to see where he is, hopefully it’s not long term.
Another player we could potentially see back on the pitch this month is Hudson-Odoi.
He has been out of action since rupturing his Achilles’ tendon back in April against Burnley.
The Chelsea boss has received a boost, with the 18-year-old participating in training with the rest of the first team, as well as featuring for the under-23s on Friday night.
Frank Lampard has, however, said that the clash with Valencia would come too soon for the winger and it remains to be seen if he’s involved against the Reds.
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.
He is making good progress as seen in the image above.
James will be hoping to push for a place in the first team in the coming months after a superb loan season with Wigan Athletic in the 2018/19 campaign.
Looking set to feature heavily for the team in pre-season following the appointment of Lampard and Jody Morris, the 19-year-old damaged ligaments in his ankle during the Toulon Tournament and had to undergo surgery, but is now well on the way to recovery.
With Davide Zappacosta having completed a move to Roma on loan for the rest of the season prior to the European deadline, it appears that James will be back to challenge Cesar Azpilicueta for the right-back spot soon.
James played 45 minutes for the Under-23’s on Friday night and a first-team return date of September 25th, the date of the Blues’ third round League Cup tie has been suggested by Premier Injuries.
The Frenchman has missed the last three league games as well as the Valencia clash = due to an ankle injury picked up in training.
The influential midfielder had been left out of the France squad in order to help him recover to be able to make his return after the international break.
But he missed out against Wolves, but Lampard says the medical team are working hard to get him fit again.
“He still has issues with his ankle,” Lampard revealed. “The medical team are working with him. He is in a transition period and we are trying to get him on the pitch.
“He is doing some physical work but this game comes too soon for him.
“Hopefully he is close. I don’t want to jump the gun because we are waiting for improvements for that final step to get him where we want him to be on the pitch.”
The Blues suffered an almighty scare after just seven minutes of Italy’s 2-1 win against Finland in their Euro 2020 qualifier last weekend as the in-form left-back limped off.
However, the injury did not seem as bad as first feared.
“It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse,” Italy boss Roberto Mancini told reporters after the game.
“The defence did well, as Armando Izzo and Francesco Acerbi were playing together for the first time, but Alessandro Florenzi also impressed on the left, considering he was the only option we had remaining.”
The player himself also took to social media to ease the concerns of fans.
“Very important victory today guys. Unfortunately I had a small injury, but nothing serious. Let’s continue like this!” He tweeted.
But he too missed the win over Wolves and the loss against Valencia.
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 picture of him doing bike work alongside Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The 1-0 home loss against Valencia was compounded by an injury to midfielder Mason Mount in the first half.
An image of the midfielder hobbling off the pitch would have been one that concerned Chelsea fans, especially with the Blues’ facing Liverpool next.
However, there could be some good news.
Fans are waiting patiently for an update on the youngster, and Mount himself may have provided some positive news, saying that he is ‘hopeful’ of being fit for the Premier League encounter with the Reds.
The 20-year-old walked through the mixed zone with a mild limp, but it what would be a good sign for fans, the player had no crutches, no boot or straps on his ankle and was wearing normal trainers.