When Chelsea return from their winter break they must hit the ground running.
In games that will shape Frank Lampard’s first season as Blues head coach, his side come up against Manchester United as well as Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and Bayern Munich in the Champions League within the next fortnight.
Then early next month there’s the small matter of an FA Cup fifth round meeting against Jurgen Klopp’s seemingly invincible Liverpool side.
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Speaking of Bayern, they looked to have been facing somewhat of an injury crisis following confirmation that winger Ivan Perisic would certainly miss the game in west London.
This was confirmed by the Bundesliga giants last week ahead of their DFB Pokal tie against Hoffenheim.
A statement via the club’s official website reads: “FC Bayern will be without Ivan Perisic for the time being. The 31-year-old Croatia international sustained a fracture to his outer ankle during training on Tuesday.
“The ankle has to be screwed together. It will take around four weeks for the injury to heal, then he’ll begin recovery training,” confirmed Bayern coach Hansi Flick.
“It’s not easy for us at this moment in time because Ivan has been in very good form, and his dynamism and experience have helped us a lot.”
Perisic joins long-term absentee Niklas Sule as the two players who won’t feature in west London and the latter won’t play in the return game either as he’s not expected back until May at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Perisic could be back for the second leg at the Allianz Arena provided he suffers no set-backs in his recovery.
And it’s not all doom and gloom on the injury front for Bayern.
During the goalless draw with RB Leipzig on Sunday evening, both Lucas Hernandez and Kingley Coman made their returns as second half substitutes in the…