Who is out and who is a doubt for the Premier League clash against Aston Villa?
Chelsea welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as they go in search of a first win in three across all competitions.
Results haven’t gone the Blues’ way since the November international break.
Saturday afternoon’s disappointing 1-0 home defeat against West Ham United means it’s back-to-back losses in the Premier League for first time under Frank Lampard and they drew 2-2 with Valencia in the Champions League last week.
Luckily for the Blues head coach, there’s a chance to get back on the winning trail.
Aston Villa are next up – in a game that will mark the return of John Terry in the opposition dugout – as Lampard’s side aim to maintain their six point gap over Tottenham Hotspur in the race for a Champions League spot.
So, who will be fit and available for the visit of Villa? Here we take a look at the latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates.
Chelsea were handed a major injury worry as star striker Abraham was stretchered from the field during the second half of the Champions League match at Valencia after falling awkwardly on his hip.
Initial fear were that the injury was quite serious, with suggestions that the England international had been taken to hospital for a scan, however, both head coach Frank Lampard and Abraham himself moved to ease the concerns of Chelsea fans after the match.
“The word at half time was it looked quite severe, a bang on the hip,” said Lampard in his post match press conference.
Abraham posted an update himself on Instagram and wakanewz.com.ng understands that the England striker is quite hopeful of being ready to face Aston Villa.
Barkley has not featured since the 1-0 win against Newcastle United in October after picking up an ankle injury.
The England international was initially called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo last month.
But, the midfielder was forced to pull out of the Three Lions squad due to the injury.
Barkley missed the Manchester City clash, was expected to return for the game against Valencia after he was spotted training with the rest of the first-team squad.
However, he was not named in the travelling squad, instead, staying at home to continue his recovery ahead of the West Ham clash.
Although, he had no involvement once again.
Antonio Rudiger had appeared to have given Frank Lampard a welcome injury boost by declaring himself fit for the Blues’ trip to Watford last month, but it was ruled out as a miscommunication.
The German centre-back underwent knee surgery in the summer and has missed a good majority of the season, but looks set for a return in the next couple of weeks.
“He had an operation and he is going to be out probably for three weeks, hopefully,” Lampard confirmed at his pre-Crystal Palace press conference at the beginning of November.
Those three weeks are up, and the defender was among those training with the rest of the squad for games against Valencia and West Ham.
The defender didn’t feature in either game as Lampard is remaining cautious.
“He is getting closer, he has had a really good week’s work by the realisation and the reality is that he has not played for a very long time. It’s a mini pre-season now that the injury seems to be hopefully finished and over. Now we need to get him fit and he is working very, very hard to make sure of that.” he said in he pre-West Ham press conference.
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 injury as Hudson-Odoi as he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon.
Loftus-Cheek working towards a return as soon as possible and has been keeping fans updated with his progress.
“It’s going well!” he recently told Versus when asked about his recovery. “It’s been a long time and I’ve had a few setbacks as well. It’s never been just a straight path but I’m close now…I’ve been running and moving, I feel I’m right on the edge. I’m close and I can’t wait.”
Lampard has warned it could still be a while yet before the midfielder is available for selection, while Loftus-Cheek posted an encouraging video clip of him doing some gym work over the weekend.
A conditional return date of mid December has been suggested by PremierInjuries, with a possible return coming in the Premier League clash against Bournemouth.
Marco van Ginkel
The midfielder is a long term absentee, as he continues his rehabilitation following an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The Dutchman is on the way to recovery, having confirmed on social media that he has now returned to training.
“After more than a year, finally back on the pitch,” he wrote.
“For most players it is normal to be training outside, but I had some setbacks during my recovery which was really frustrating. I am working hard everyday, not there yet but it is getting closer now.”
Jorginho, Pedro and Olivier Giroud were all substituted against the Hammers, but those were for tactical reasons rather than injury related as the hosts chased an equaliser.