Latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates

Chelsea will be looking to build on Saturday's win over Norwich City when they host Sheffield United next weekend.
Ahead of the trip to Carrow Road, things had not been going to well for new head coach Frank Lampard as the Blues had picked up just one point from their opening two Premier League games.
An opening weekend 4-0 defeat to Manchester United was followed up by a 1-1 draw with Leicester City in what was Lampard's home debut as Chelsea head coach.
Sandwiched between those games was a UEFA Super Cup loss on penalties to Liverpool.
But things clicked against the Canaries, but the win did come at a cost.
With that said, Vibethesport has taken a look at the latest injury news ahead of next week's clash against the Blades.

Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger played the full 90 minutes for the development squad in their Premier League 2 clash against Liverpool earlier in the week.
And it would appear he will return to first-team action against the Blades or following the first international break of the season.
"Rudiger's not fit yet, hopefully for next week," Lampard said ahead of Norwich.
"That's the only change from where we were last week."

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Another player we could potentially see back on the pitch in September is Hudson-Odoi.
Rupturing his Achilles' tendon back in April against Burnley, Lampard confirmed at his press conference ahead of the Leicester City game that the winger has spent the past couple of weeks working with the club's U23 side.
The Chelsea boss has now received a boost, with the 18-year-old participating in training with the rest of the first team this week, although the Premier League game against Norwich may come too soon for the winger, he could make his return after the international break.
"Callum is training, looking bright and sharp but now we're in the zone where it's about protecting him, giving him conditioning with fitness, especially in the area of his injury," Lampard said.
"He has had quite a long time out. Like with Rudiger’s injury.
"The international break comes at quite a good time for us with both of those and for Reece James.
"They’re all in a position where, I hope, two or three weeks of strong training puts them back in the frame for the squad and available."

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.
He has finally been able to take off the protective boot on his foot, however it is still going to be some time before Loftus-Cheek is back to full fitness.
The midfielder is expected to be back later than teammate Hudson-Odoi, with PhysioRoom having the player down to return at the start of November for the away game at Watford.

Reece James

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.
PhysioRoom have pencilled in a return date of Saturday, September 14 for the player.

N'Golo Kante

The Frenchman missed the trip to Norwich because of a sprained ankle.
Premier Injuries have him at 50% to feature against Sheffield United.
But it could be that Kante returns after the international break.
Pedro was initially in the side to face Norwich but had to pull out beforehand, meanwhile, Mason Mount will be assessed after limping off late on.
Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic were also substituted at Carrow Road, but there's been no injury news reported on either player as of yet.

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