When the January transfer window slammed shut yesterday at 11pm, it ended with Chelsea having made no signings.
Having worked hard to overturn their transfer ban, there would have been an expectation among fans that there could be an influx of new talent.
Unfortunately for many, that never came to fruition, and now Frank Lampard will be hoping that his current squad can secure a Premier League top four spot.
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However, there is one player who Lampard will be hoping to call on towards the end of the campaign to give them a final push.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had to watch the entire season so far from the sidelines due to the Achilles’ tendon rupture he suffered in May.
It was a massive blow for Lampard to have the midfielder away for so long, with the expectation having been that he would recover quicker.
However, the 24-year-old suffered several set-backs, which meant that any appearance he will make this season will come right at the end.
After a long wait, over the past week Loftus-Cheek has been back in training with the first team and is starting to build up his fitness.
“Where we are having a bit of time off for the players, he won’t, he’ll be working,” Lampard said ahead of the Leicester City match.
“He’ll be with the U23s to try and get some minutes, he’ll have to get some minutes.
“He’s had a full week of training with us for the first time and he has come through it. It’d great to see him but he looks short, he knows he’s short, you couldn’t not be after he has been out for so long.
“So yes, U23s progression and hopefully after the break we can talk about him more when he is going to come back into the squad.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground
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