Kante, James, Kepa: Chelsea injury updates and team news ahead of Burnley clash

Chelsea prepared for their clash against Burnley in the best possible way after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Krasnodar on Wednesday evening.

Blues boss Frank Lampard would have been delighted to see his side return to winning ways after the goalless draw against Manchester United last weekend.

But returning to domestic action, Chelsea face another stiff test with a trip to Turf Moor on Saturday.

With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest Chelsea injury news.

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Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva missed the game in Russia but Lampard has confirmed that the veteran Brazilian defender was left out as a precaution, and the former Paris Saint-Germain centre-back is set to return to the team.

“Thiago is fit,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference. “Taking him out of the trip to Russia was more of a maintenance issue for him and I spoke to him about it.

“We’re just trying to make sure we get the best out of him over the course of a season and in this schedule where we have game after game after game, it made sense [for him not to be involved] in a game which involved a lot of travelling.

“If he had to play that game then of course he could have done but we have to put it in context of what we’ve got ahead of us.

“In the end it was a nice exercise with the fact we got a result and Toni Rudiger came into the team and played really well, which is the competition we need.”

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Kepa Arrizabalaga

The 26-year-old also missed the game against Krasnodar as he continues to recover from a knock which kept him out of the Manchester United game.

But Lampard said the Spaniard is making good progress.

“Kepa is outside as I speak and has had some progression in his shoulder injury so we’re hopeful but we’ll see with that one.

“In terms of the rest of the squad, we…


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