Chelsea bolstered by double return for Rennes clash – but Christian Pulisic will miss out

Chelsea are set to be bolstered by a double return to the squad ahead of their Champions League game – but they face a longer wait for Christian Pulisic.

The Blues will return to European action when they face Rennes on their own turf, looking to make it nine consecutive games unbeaten.

Frank Lampard’s latest victory saw the London side beat Newcastle 2-0 at St James’ Park, thanks to an own goal and Tammy Abraham strike.

But he confirmed that Chelsea are set for a double boost in the hopes of maintaining their high-flying form.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, the boss said: “Kai and Thiago will both travel and are fit to play.”

Chelsea are set to be boosted by a double return for the Rennes clash – but it does not include Christian Pulisic
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Havertz, the club’s most expensive signing of the summer, missed the the 4-1 win over Sheffield United and never fixture against Rennes due to a positive Covid-19 test.

It also saw the German miss the international break where his side lost 6-0 to Spain in the Nations League.

While Thiago Silva, who won two games with Brazil this month, arrived in the country too late for the Newcastle fixture.

Kai Havertz will be available for the Champions League clash as his Covid-19 quarantine period ended
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He added: “Christian won’t travel but he has come on well and should hopefully be fit for the weekend.”

Pulisic is still in recovery from a hamstring strain in the warm-up to the 3-0 win over Burnley last month.

The American has been hit hard by injuries already, sustaining another hamstring pull before the season started.

With Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount impressing Lampard, it has put pressure on the forward to perform.

While Thiago Silva is available, having arrived in the country too late for the Newcastle win
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