Chelsea are back in Premier League action when they take on top-four rivals Manchester United on Monday evening in a replay of the season’s opening Premier League fixture.
The Blues will be looking to get revenge after a 4-0 opening day defeat in the Premier League and being knocked out of the League Cup by United so far this season.
There is just six points separating the Blues in fourth and ninth place Man United in the Premier League table, as the race for European football took another twist with Manchester City’s ban from UEFA competitions.
Should that ban be upheld on appeal, then it means that finishing in fifth will result in Champions League football next season in what could be a major boost to both teams’ hopes this season.
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Ahead of the big game, 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 lacking, with the midfielder due to…