Ruben Loftus-Cheek in, Jorginho out – Chelsea’s strongest XI after the winter break

Chelsea have started their first ever winter break which is going to give some of their players the chance to recover from injury.

When the Blues return from their two weeks off they have two huge Premier League matches with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur and the first leg of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.

Frank Lampard will be hoping to have a full bill of health for the matches, which would mean the return of Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The American is hoping to be back in time for the game with the Red Devils, while it might take a bit longer for the England international to be back to full fitness.

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However, the injury list is really coming down and the rest will do the Blues players a lot of good. But what will be their best team if everyone is fit?

Kepa Arrizabalaga might have been dropped for the Leicester City draw, but he still remains the number one.

Reece James has proved himself as the main right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta moving over to the left-back position.

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Antonio Rudiger bagged a brace at the King Power, and the decision on who should be his centre-back partner still remains to be seen.

Andreas Christensen has played in the last three Premier League matches, but Fikayo Tomori should get the chance to start again.

N’Golo Kante in a midfield two remains the best option for the Blues, while Mateo Kovacic deserves more of an opportunity in the middle of the park.

Before his injury, Pulisic was having a good run of form, and could be the injection of pace that the Blues need in the final third.

Loftus-Cheek could be the perfect player in the number ten position, with Willian on the right and Tammy Abraham up top.

Chelsea’s best XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Tomori, Azpilicueta; Kante, Kovacic; Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian;…


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