Chelsea take on Manchester United on Monday with the chance to reaffirm their grip on fourth spot in the Premier League.
United, Tottenham, Sheffield United and now Everton are all in the race for the final Champions League spot with the Blues letting their lead slip over recent months.
Frank Lampard will need a big performance from his side if they are to keep all three points in London and he could be boosted by the return of two stars.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic could make their returns according to Premier Injuries, with the latter in with a particularly good chance of featuring.
The England international has been out since before the Europa League final after rupturing his Achilles tendon, with his American team-mate only missing five matches due to a tear in his abductor muscle.
The former Borussia Dortmund winger has managed six goals and six assists so far during his debut season at Stamford Bridge, including a hat-trick against Burnley in October.
Lampard said of the 21-year-old before the winter break: “We tried to get him out there last week, step it up a little bit, but we had to pull out of that.
“The break might have come at a good time, it buys us a couple of weeks.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was photographed training with his Chelsea team-mates earlier this week
“Of course you miss him. He’s a quality player and he was having a really good patch pre-Christmas.
“Others have to stand up too, but of course we’ll be happy when he’s back.”
The ex-Derby boss last gave an update about Loftus-Cheek at the end of January, and he had some positive news regarding the 24-year-old.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is yet to feature under new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard
“I think you will miss Ruben, I don’t care who you are. You’ll miss his abilities,” Lampard said.
“His natural physique, his…