Speaking after the 3-2 victory away to Norwich City on Saturday, Frank Lampard offered an update on the fitness of N’Golo Kante and Pedro.

Lampard revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that Kante was a doubt for the game at Carrow Road and was subsequently left out of the matchday squad. Meanwhile, Pedro picked up a hamstring injury in the warm-up and had to be replaced in the starting line-up by Ross Barkley.

The Spaniard joins an ever-growing injury table, with Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel all still sidelined. However, German defender Antonio Rudiger is expected to return to action this weekend when the Blues meet Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge. The boss has said that both Kante and Pedro will be assessed ahead of the game.

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Antonio Rudiger is expected to be back in first team action this weekend after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Credit: sportsnet.ca

“Pedro picked up a hamstring injury and we will assess the severity of it over the next couple of days, but I think it will be tough for him to be back for next week at first glance.

“We obviously then have the international break, so that might help, but we will be trying to get him back as quickly as possible because he’s an important player.

“It’s a difficult one with N’Golo because he’s had four years of constant playing. We knew he had that injury from the Europa League final last season, which affected his pre-season, and then he picked up an ankle injury last week.

“He’s trying and we are trying to get him through it, but the game yesterday just came too quickly and he was in too much pain.

“But again he is one to assess and we want him back in the team because he’s an important player. I think the international break will be great for him, to try and recover him.”

Written by Liam Wilson.