Chelsea are still in the driving season for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
Although, results will need to improve for them to stay there.
The 2-2 draw against third-place Leicester City last weekend allowed Tottenham Hotspur – who beat Manchester City at home on Sunday – to cut the Blues’ lead down to four points.
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Meanwhile, Sheffield United are a point further behind and Manchester United remain withing touching distance.
Frank Lampard now has just over a week 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.
With that said, here’s the latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates.
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.
However, he has taken part in his first match – a behind-closed-doors friendly for the Chelsea Under-23s against Brentford B.
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…