Frank Lampard has revealed some mixed team news ahead of Chelsea’s return to Premier League action.
The Blues can move top of the table, albeit temporarily, with a win at Newcastle United on Saturday in the 12.30pm kick-off, but Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, and Southampton could all leapfrog them again later this weekend.
However, a loss for Frank Lampard’s outfit would see Newcastle rise to within one point of the Blues in this increasingly competitive Premier League campaign.
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Chelsea, like many other clubs, have been anxiously waiting for the safe return of their players who were away on international duty over the past fornight.
But some have not been so fortunate, as a handful are still on the sidelines recovering from injuries.
So, here is a round-up of the latest Chelsea injury news ahead of the game at St James’ Park.
The defender went off injured while playing for England against Belgium in Leuven on Sunday night.
Chilwell had to limp off in the 38th minute of the Nations League game with a back injury.
After the 2-0 defeat to the Red Devils, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “He had some sort of issue with his back that he was complaining about and he didn’t feel he could carry on.
Ben Chilwell has recovered from the back problem that forced him off in England’s 2-0 loss against Belgium (Image: Angelo Blankespoor/Soccrates/Getty Images)
“Outside of that I can’t give you any detail at the moment.”
Since then, Chilwell has trained with England and was named on the bench for the 4-0 win over Iceland which would suggest he’s fit and should be in contention to face the Magpies.
The veteran defender is likely to be ruled out of the game against Newcastle.
This is because of his long journeys with Brazil…