It was back to Premier League action for Chelsea and Frank Lampard on Saturday as they picked up an important three points against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ home form may have been a slight concern for the head coach, but a 3-0 win over the Clarets will go a long way to easing that concern.
Goals from Jorginho, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi gave Chelsea the comfortable victory.
Lampard’s men will now look to prepare for next week’s trip up to Newcastle in the Premier League as they aim to firther increase the gap between themselves and fifth-placed Manchester United.
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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 is 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, although Lampard has given a further update.
“He is hopefully going to start…