Chelsea news: Danny Drinkwater returns, Howe on Ake links, Morris provides Lampard update

It is a break from Premier League action for Chelsea this weekend as they take on Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Blues face the same opponents that they faced at the same stage of the competition last year, when a brace from Alvaro Morata gave them a 2-0 win over the midlands side.

Chelsea’s first game of 2020 ended in a 1-1 draw when a spectacular late goal from Brighton and Hove Albion cancelled out Cesar Axpilicueta’s first half strike.

Lampard has some big decisions on his starting lineup ahead of the game, but while you wait, take a look at the latest news from Stamford Bridge over the last 24 hours.

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Danny Drinkwater update

Burnley have confirmed that midfielder Danny Drinkwater has returned to Chelsea after cutting his loan spell short.

The 29-year-old has made just two first-team appearances during his six-months at Turf Moor, and has been linked with another temporary move to relegation threatened Aston Villa.

Full Story here .

Frank Lampard’s illness

Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris was drafted in to take the pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest due to head coach Frank Lampard suffering from illness.

The former midfielder has been hit with a bug, with an illness also affecting some members of the playing squad.

But will the head coach be well enough to take to the dugout on Sunday?

Find out what Morris had to say here.

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Howe on Nathan Ake’s future

With the January transfer window now open, Lampard will be on the lookout for players to improve his squad over the next month.

One of the names that has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge is Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe gave a transfer update on the Dutchman here .

What do Ake’s past comments say…