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

Chelsea are back in action on Saturday, when they travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.

The Blues will be looking to pick up the full three points in order to increase the gap between themselves in fourth place and Manchester United in fifth, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men travelling to Liverpool this weekend.

The Blues recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Burnley in their last outing. Jorginho, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi all finding themselves on the scoresheet.

While Newcastle had a midweek win against Rochdale in an FA Cup third round replay.

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 England international, although Lampard has given a further update.

“He is hopefully going to start getting involved in a bit of football,” he said ahead of the Burnley match.

“Not just individual football, but collective…