Pulisic, Kante, Loftus-Cheek – Latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates

The fixture schedule is now starting to calm down after a hectic Christmas period.

Frank Lampard and his Chelsea squad have a full week to prepare for their next Premier League encounter which will see them make the long journey up to Newcastle to take on the Magpies.

The game comes after Chelsea recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win over Burnley on Saturday with Jorginho, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi all on the scoresheet.

The Blues now have the aim of going to St James’ Park looking to increase the five point gap between themselves in fourth and Manchester United in fifth place.

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Steve Bruce’s Newcastle team have injury concerns of their own, but what is the injury status of the Chelsea squad?

Take a look at the latest from the treatment room at Cobham.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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 getting…