Andreas Christensen has flown to Milan to have a face mask fitted ahead of Chelsea’s crunch clash with Tottenham this Saturday.
The Blues defender broke his nose during Monday night’s 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester United, an injury which forced him off at the half-time interval.
An accidental elbow from Anthony Martial bloodied Christensen and prevented the Dane from stopping him head United in front at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard was therefore left to fear whether his centre-back would be fit in time for Saturday’s pivotal showdown with Spurs.
But according to The Athletic, Christensen travelled to Italy on Wednesday to see a specialist about the injury.
He has had a special mask fitted that will allow him to play against Jose Mourinho’s side, who will arrive at Stamford Bridge just one point behind Chelsea.
Christensen trained with the mask on today, yet it is unclear how long he will be forced to wear it for.
Christensen broke his nose in Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat against Manchester United
The 23-year-old will not be the first Blues player to wear a protective mask, joining a long list of players that includes Petr Cech, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta.
It will allow him to line up against Spurs, nevertheless, in what is a must-win game for Lampard and co.
After watching United blow the top-four race wide open against his side on Monday, the Chelsea manager admitted the fight is now on.
Frank Lampard admitted the battle for fourth place is on after Monday’s defeat against United
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“We’re in fourth place by one point, so the season starts here and we need to fight to get fourth place,” he said.
“We’re fourth and it’s still in our hands. I don’t think many people would have put us in fourth place at this point in the season, so the fight starts…