Kovacic, Kante and Loftus-Cheek – Latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates

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The international break might have come at the worst possible time for Chelsea and Frank Lampard

Having gone into the two week hiatus on a high after a comfortable 4-1 victory over Southampton – a fourth win on the spin across all competitions – there has been a number of injury scares over the past few days. All of which dampened the mood among some supporters.

Lampard has earned praise for his use of young players this season, but his hands have been somewhat forced due to both the transfer ban and injuries to key players. As with any international break, Lampard will have his fingers crossed that his players will return fit and healthy, although it seems that the Blues’ boss has already been hit with a double injury blow. Here’s the latest injury news and recovery dates from Cobham.

N’Golo Kante In what was worrying news for Chelsea, midfielder Kante was withdrawn from the French team to face Iceland on Friday night after originally being named in the starting lineup. Following the match, France boss Didier Deschamps provided an injury update on the player. “He felt a pain in the adductor [groin] muscle,” Deschamps said. “He had a feeling where he did not feel comfortable to play.

“I made the decision [to pull him from the squad], because maybe it could get even worse. “I do not think it’s too serious for NG [Kante], but I do not have an answer tonight.” With that said, the good news is that the World Cup winner was in training on Sunday, however was doing a work-out away from the main group, and is unlikely to feature against Turkey.

“Andreas Christensen” In what would be another major blow to Chelsea and Frank Lampard, defender Andreas Christensen looked as though he may have also picked up an injury while on international duty. The 23-year-old was spotted holding his groin as he limped off during Denmark’s 1-0 win over Switzerland on Saturday evening. The extent of the problem is yet to be revealed, but the concern is that the defender will be unavailable for the Premier League visit of Newcastle after the international break.

Emerson Palmieri 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 last week, Lampard confirmed that the defender could make his return after the international break,

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Antonio Rudiger The German made his first appearance of the season against Wolves a few weeks ago, but had to be replaced at half-time. Rudiger has not been included in the squad since 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.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek 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.

In a boost 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 last week. “That is a positive move for this week, good to see him outside and we will see how that goes over the next weeks.” The player has also been talking about his road to recovery.

“I’ve actually had a few setbacks that have put me behind which has been quite frustrating to be honest,” he told WOWHYDRATE. “I’ve had to learn to walk again and I�ve only just got pain free but for sure I�m going to come back stronger, sharper and do whatever I can to be in better shape. “Everything I’ve been working towards is for the feeling of stepping back onto that pitch again and I’m ready to go.”

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