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

Chelsea return to FA Cup action this weekend.

They face Championship side Hull City in the fourth round as a reward for beating Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in round three as the 2018 winners aim to regain the trophy.

After two disappointing results, both involving conceding late goals against Newcastle United and Arsenal, the Blues and Frank Lampard may be happy to have a break from Premier League action.

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They will have to be wary of a Tigers side who will be looking to cause an upset.

Lampard is likely to make changes for the game, but who will be available for selection?

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 training now with the Under-16s,” Lampard said. “He’ll train with the Under18s, progressing to the Under23s in a pretty short space of time. The sooner…