Chelsea and Frank Lampard suffered a potential huge injury blow during the 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
Reece James – fresh off signing a new five-year contract with the Blues – was forced to limp off during the closing stages at St James’ Park and that’s a real concern for Lampard.
With that said, the Blues head coach did welcome back N’Golo Kante from injury and the France international was able to get 90 minutes under his belt against the Magpies.
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But all eyes will be on James and whether or not he will be fit for Tuesday night’s big London derby against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge?
It’s not just the right-back who is a doubt for the game.
Take a look at the latest from the treatment room at Cobham.
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 training now with the Under-16s,” Lampard said. “He’ll train…