It’s just two days until the Premier League returns after the international break.
The next 48 hours will see a number of Frank Lampard’s players arrive back in London after representing their countries around the world.
Of course the hope for Chelsea is to have their players return in good condition.
Next up for the Blues is a trip to face Wolverhampton Wanders who are yet to record a victory in the league so far this term.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sit 17th in the Premier League table but will be hoping to return to the top half of the table as soon as possible.
Here’s a look at the injury concerns facing Chelsea this weekend.
Rudiger is well on the way to making a comeback from a knee injury that ended last season prematurely.
The defender has played 180 minutes for the club’s development squad in recent weeks, playing the matches against Liverpool and Tottenham.
Rudiger wasn’t included in the squad for the match against Sheffield United, with the defender now battling for match fitness having been out of action for so long.
According to Premier Injuries, the defender is rated with a 75% chance of making a return at Molineux on Saturday, although he is likely to first make an appearance on the bench.
Another player we could potentially see back on the pitch this month is Hudson-Odoi.
He has been out of action since rupturing his Achilles’ tendon back in April against Burnley.
The Chelsea boss has received a boost, with the 18-year-old participating in training with the rest of the first team.
During our recent Q&A session it was revealed that Hudson-Odoi is making good progress.
The teenager has reportedly been penciled in to take part in the Blues’ U23 game against Brighton on Friday in order to make the next step in his recovery.
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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.
He is expected to be back later than teammate Hudson-Odoi, with
“It is still a few weeks until Chelsea fans are expected to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek back in action for Chelsea’s first team.
“The earliest is likely to be back October time, but he probably wouldn’t be back to match fitness until the beginning of November.”
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James will be hoping to push for a place in the first team in the coming months after a superb loan season with Wigan Athletic in the 2018/19 campaign.
Looking set to feature heavily for the team in pre-season following the appointment of Lampard and Jody Morris, the 19-year-old damaged ligaments in his ankle during the Toulon Tournament and had to undergo surgery, but is now well on the way to recovery.
With Davide Zappacosta having completed a move to Roma on loan for the rest of the season prior to the European deadline, it appears that James will be back to challenge Cesar Azpilicueta for the right-back spot soon.
It was hoped that James would make his comeback after the international break, although that does look like it may now come a bit too early. A return date of September 25th, the date of the Blues’ third round League Cup tie has been suggested by Premier Injuries.
The Frenchman has missed the last two league games due to an ankle injury picked up in training.
The influential midfielder has been left out of the France squad in order to help him recover to be able to make his return after the international break.
Was pulled out of the side to face Norwich at the last minute, and also missed the encounter against Sheffield United due to a hamstring strain.
The Spaniard will be another player who will be aiming to be fit by the end of the international break.
The midfielder returned to Chelsea from international duty with Croatia on Monday due to an achilles injury.
Kovacic did play 83 minutes of the last Premier League outing against Sheffield United, but has withdrawn from international duty, where he was due to take on Slovakia and Azerbaijan in Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The 25-year-old has been back at Cobham to receive treatment. It is unknown if the midfielder will be available for the trip to Wolves on Saturday.
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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.
Although there is no return date provided for the 26-year-old.
The Blues suffered an almighty scare after just seven minutes of Italy’s 2-1 win against Finland in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday evening as the in-form left-back limped off.
However, the injury is not as bad as first feared.
“It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse,” Italy boss Roberto Mancini told reporters after the game.
“The defence did well, as Armando Izzo and Francesco Acerbi were playing together for the first time, but Alessandro Florenzi also impressed on the left, considering he was the only option we had remaining.”
The player himself also took to social media to ease the concerns of fans.
“Very important victory today guys. Unfortunately I had a small injury, but nothing serious. Let’s continue like this!” He tweeted.