Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Antonio Rudiger will be in the squad that will face Lille in a crucial Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Rudiger has been sidelined with a pelvic injury since September, and his return is a massive boost for Lampard, who's backline has conceded tons of goals.
Lampard will, however, have to do with the absence of two of his stars in Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud, who both missed Monday's training.
The young Englishman is out with a minor hip injury and will be observed in the coming days while the French miss out for an unspecified reason.
"It’s good to have him (Rudiger) back," Lampard told the assembled media at his press conference on Monday.
"He’s been training really well. He’s got a lot of his fitness work done, his injury has healed,"
"It will potentially be difficult for him [to return after a long time out], but our guard against that was to give him a lot of work. We have managed to create some things behind the scenes here in training that look like matchplay, and some pure running as well. He has come through all that,"
"You can only speak as you look at him, and he looks fit and ready to go, and I know he’s hungry. In terms of building him up, rightly so, he’s a good defender. People maybe overlook the fact we started the season with five big players all injured for a period of time. You do miss those individuals, so let’s see what he can add to us,"
Chelsea will book a place in the knockout round with a win over the French side, even though a draw can suffice if Valencia lose to Ajax.
The Blues won the corresponding fixture in France, and are favourites to win the tie at their backyard.