Ruben Loftus-Cheek returns but Callum Hudson-Odoi benched – Chelsea fans’ strongest XI

Chelsea fans are hoping to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek return to the starting XI when he fully recovers from his long-term injury.

The 24-year-old made his long-awaited return to action when he played 60 minutes for the Development Squad against Brentford B on Tuesday afternoon.

It is a massive boost for Frank Lampard in the race for the Premier League’s top four, with the Blues just about clinging on to a Champions League spot at the moment.

And Blues fans have voted on football.london to get the midfielder back in the starting XI when he is back to full fitness.

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Chelsea supporters want him in a midfield three with N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

Meanwhile, at the back they want to see Fikayo Tomori and Antonio Rudiger playing in the heart of defence, with Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta either side of them.

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Up front, however, Blues supporters would prefer to see Christian Pulisic on the wing, with Callum Hudson-Odoi dropped to the bench. Willian and Tammy Abraham also take the other spots up as well.

While Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped for the Leicester City clash, Blues fans would also want to see him back in the starting XI.

The team that Chelsea fans want to see in their strongest starting XI

The Blues have some massive matches coming up, with Manchester United and Spurs next in the Premier League, Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Liverpool in the FA Cup.

If Lampard has his full team available, then this is who the Blues supporters would like to be in the starting XI for those matches.