Chelsea's Lampard gives injury updates ahead of Wolves clash

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/09/2019

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard had provided injury updates on Blues players of N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mateo Kovacic, Pedro and Reece James ahead of Wolves Premier League clash at Stamford Brigade on Saturday afternoon.

 The Europa League Champions let a two-goal lead slip last time out against Sheffield United and will be hoping for a better return on their trip to Molineux after a two-week international break.

Lampard will be hoping to have a full squad to choose from this weekend, with Kante is not expected to return to the squad and Rudiger is fit and will be in line to make his first appearance in almost five months since injuring himself against Manchester United last season.

"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 press conference via the club official website.

"Rudiger is fit to play. That’s a choice for myself [whether he starts]. He will have an important role. I know he has been important for the club and team since he has been here. Personality, character, quality. He is an international defender and we have missed him. As we have missed a few front line players who will strengthen us as a group. I am certainly pleased to have him back."

"Kovacic is fit to play. Pedro missed the win over Sheffield United but have had the international break to recover, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James continue to work towards full fitness with James having returned to full training this week. 

Tomorrow encounter will be the 14 top-flight clash since October 1968 between Wolves and Chelsea at Molineux have ended level, while Chelsea have won six and lost seven but the Blues have won five of the last seven, although Wolves have won two of the last three.