In what is brilliant news for Blues fans Frank Lampard has confirmed that he expects trio Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Antonio Rudiger to return to the match-day squad after the international break.

Lampard described Hudson-Odoi as looking ‘bright and sharp’ in training as his recovery from a ruptured Achilles injury reaches its final stages. Despite this, the manager all but confirmed he is not yet ready to return on the pitch, saying;We’re in a zone now where it’s about protecting him, getting conditioned and fitness’

Hudson-Odoi returned to full Chelsea training last week. (Image source: The Sun)

During the press conference Frank Lampard said that the international break ‘comes at a good time for us on those terms [Rudiger and Hudson-Odoi injuries] and with Reece James’. All three players are expected to be back in contention in around 2-3 weeks, with the international break allowing them to focus solely on recovery whilst other squad members are away.

Chelsea have yet to pick up a win under new boss Frank Lampard but the return of three potential key-starters could provide a spark of life and quality for the season ahead. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still a while away from fitness, but could return to training in around 4-6 weeks.

N’golo Kantè could miss the Norwich clash and is set to have his fitness assessed last-minute, having carried an injury all week through training.

Chelsea face Norwich on Saturday 24th August before returning to The Bridge a week later to take on Sheffield Untied. The international break will then commence, with The Blues returning to action on the 14th September against Wolves.

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Written by Dan Barker | @danbarkzr

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