Chelsea can gain a measure of revenge on Manchester United this Monday night.
The two teams who are separated by just six points in the Premier League table meet at Stamford Bridge in a game that will have massive top-four implications.
What makes the upcoming clash all the more interesting is the fact that the Blues have already been beaten twice by the Red Devils this season – including a 4-0 loss in Frank Lampard’s first game as head coach – but avenging those defeats would dent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side’s hopes of a top-four finish.
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This promises to be a testing time for the Blues as after facing Man United, they then entertain Spurs before hosting Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie.
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 is close to making his return to action.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesar Azpilicueta during a training session (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
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.
Lampard revealed in his press conference ahead of the United game that Loftus-Cheek is closing in on a return, with just match sharpness currently…