Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Giroud and Pedro – Latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates

Chelsea remain top of the chasing pack in the hunt for fourth place in the Premier League.

Their 2-2 draw against third-place Leicester City on Saturday did allow other teams to close the gap, however, with Tottenham beating Manchester City at home on Sunday to narrow the Blues’ lead to four points.

A win for Sheffield United means they are now just five points behind Frank Lampard’s team, while another game without a win for Manchester United means they are still six points behind the Blues.

Lampard now has two weeks to form plans for consecutive matches against United and Spurs that could prove decisive in the race for Champions League football next season – and he will be hoping to have a couple of key players back.

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With that said, here’s the latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is close to making his return to action.

Images emerged of the midfielder taking part in training with the first-team squad ahead of the FA Cup fourth round tie against Hull.

Posting on their Twitter account, the Blues shared a picture of the England international taking part in the session.

It is unknown as to when Loftus-Cheek will be available for first-team action as Chelsea are unlikely to rush the player back after so long on the sidelines.

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Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic missed Chelsea’s routine 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round because of an unspecified injury sustained in training, and has since missed every game.

Frank Lampard confirmed the issue to the club’s in-house TV channel but did not specify what the injury was or the severity.

Lampard has since given a further update on the USA international, who could return following the winter break.

Christian Pulisic dribbles at Brighton left back Bernardo.