Chelsea boss Frank Lampard held a press conference ahead of weekend’s match against Wolves where he gave injury updates on a number of players.
Lampard confirmed that defender Antonio Rudiger is fit and will be in line to make his first appearance in almost five months. The Germany international had surgery on his left knee after picking up an injury against Manchester United last season.
N’Golo Kante is still struggling with an ankle injury and he will not be available for selection over the weekend.
"This game is too soon for him. He is hopefully close [to returning]. I don’t want to jump the gun because we’re waiting for improvement to fill that final step to get him to where we want him to be on the pitch again. But hopefully, that will be in a week or so,” says Lampard.
Huson-Odoi back in action
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James will return to action for Chelsea U23s against Brighton tonight, according to Lampard.
"Callum is going to play for the U23s this evening along with Reece James," Lampard said.
"They’ll get minutes, which is important now. Callum has been training for a while but there’s some issues we need to make sure we’re okay with – the actual injury itself. He’ll need to get match fit so these games are really beneficial for him. They’re two young players that are going to be big for this club going forward – we’ll be watching."
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