It was a disappointing weekend for Chelsea, but they have the chance to bounce back quickly from defeat against Newcastle when they take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Isaac Hayden’s stoppage time winner for Newcastle came against the run of play, after the Blues failed to take their chances against Steve Bruce’s resilient side.
However, Manchester United’s loss to Liverpool on Sunday means that not too much damage was done to Chelsea’s gap to fifth place in the table, with Frank Lampard’s men still five points clear of the Red Devils.
The Blues will look to increase that gap when they face Arsenal in the midweek encounter. But who will be and won’t be available for selection for Lampard?
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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…