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

Chelsea’s fixture schedule is now starting to calm down after a hectic festive period.

Frank Lampard and his Chelsea squad have a full week to prepare for their next Premier League encounter which will see them face a Newcastle United side which has already beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United this season.

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

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The west London outfit head to St James’ Park looking to increase the five point gap between themselves and Man United – who are away at Liverpool on Sunday – in the race for a Champions League spot.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce has a number of injury concerns of his own to worry about, 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…