The inaugural Premier League winter break has come at a great time for Chelsea and Frank Lampard.
Although, the Blues remain in the driving seat to finish in the top-four this season – thus ensuring they are back in the Champions League next term – results will need to improve for them to stay there.
Last weekend’s 2-2 draw against third-place Leicester City made it three league games without a win and also allowed Tottenham Hotspur – who beat Manchester City at home on Sunday – to cut the gap down to just 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…