Chelsea injury news: Expected return dates for Loftus-Cheek, Abraham and Pulisic

Preparations will now be well underway for Chelsea’s crucial home game against Manchester United when the Premier League returns this weekend.

The Blues host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on Monday evening as the first of three big back-to-back games at Stamford Bridge over the next couple of weeks.

After Man United, Chelsea are at home against Tottenham before they host Bayern Munich in first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie.

Frank Lampard’s men drew 2-2 with top-four rivals Leicester City in their last game before the winter break, defender Antonio Rudiger proving to be the hero with a brace of goals.

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The good news for Lampard is that the injury list is getting smaller, with the winter break giving players a chance to step up their recovery.

So here’s the latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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.

While Chelsea are unlikely to rush the player back after so long on the sidelines, he has taken part in his first match – a behind-closed-doors friendly for the Chelsea Under-23s against Brentford B.

A return straight after the winter break is unlikely, but his comeback will be welcomed with games starting to come thick and fast.

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