Chelsea return to Champions League action this week as they look to make it three wins in a row across all competitions.
The Blues are looking good at the moment following home successes over Grimsby Town as well as Brighton and travel to France to take on Lille in Group H o Wednesday night.
Frank Lampard’s side got off to the worst possible start a fortnight ago when they were beaten 1-0 by Valencia at Stamford Bridge, and so they really need to get themselves off the mark against the Ligue 1 side.
Of course if the Blues are to get a result they’ll need their top players fighting fit.
But who is out and who is doubtful for the game at the Stade Pierre Mauroy?
Here’s the latest injury news from west London.
The midfielder missed the clash with Brighton after suffering a hamstring injury.
Speaking of the injury after the game, Lampard said: “Yes, it’s an awareness. I didn’t want to take the risk. I spoke to N’Golo about it, he’s so important for us – we know that – but he’s had a difficult pre-season.
“It’s been difficult for us but mainly for him to get going because of the break up of his pre-season as his injury carried over from last year, so it wasn’t right to risk it today.
“He could have a chance for Lille.”
The Italian picked up an injury while on international duty earlier in the month, he did make his return against Liverpool, but lasted just 15 minutes before having to be substituted.
Speaking ahead of the meeting with Brighton on Saturday, Lampard confirmed a blow for the Blues, with the defender out until after the next international break.
“Emerson is going to be the other side of the international break with the hamstring injury,” the Chelsea boss confirmed.
The German made his first appearance of the season against Wolves but had to be replaced at half-time.
Rudiger was not included in the squad against Liverpool or Grimsby, with Lampard revealing that no date has been set for his return.
“Toni has got a recurring injury in the groin,” he said. “So it’s not the knee.
“We are trying to find a solution because he still does have some pain. We are hopeful that it won’t be long, but we don’t have an end date for you.”
Loftus-Cheek was establishing himself as a key member of Maurizio Sarri’s squad at the end of last season.
However, in the post-season friendly ahead of the Europa League final, Loftus-Cheek suffered the same fate as Hudson-Odoi and ruptured his Achilles’ tendon.
The midfielder is still undergoing rehabilitation and it is still going to be some time before Loftus-Cheek is back to full fitness, with Premier Injuries suggesting that a November return could be on the cards.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is receiving medical treatment in a boost to return to Chelsea, Lampard has confirmed that the midfielder is stepping up his recovery by training outside.
“Ruben we can’t give a date but he is outside jogging slowly,” he said ahead of the Brighton game. “That is a positive move for this week, good to see him outside and we will see how that goes over the next weeks.”
Marco van Ginkel
The midfielder is a long term absentee, having suffered an Anterior Cruciate ligament injury. The Dutchman is on the way to recovery, having posted a picture of him doing bike work alongside Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The Frenchman has been a surprise absentee from the Chelsea matchday squad in the last three games and that’s down to illness, with the striker now recovering, it was touch and go if he would be ready to return to the squad for the game against Brighton.
“It has been a difficult week for him because it has been quite strong, it has left him pretty week and he has been getting his strength back this week. It is touch and go to see if he is involved,” Lampard said.
However, Giroud didn’t make the squad again.
He is pencilled in for a return by Premier Injuries in early October.