As per a report from the reliable Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard, Antonio Rudiger could make a return to action in Chelsea’s meeting with Everton this weekend.
Chelsea back on track
Frank Lampard’s men got back to winning ways last night, in a meeting with Aston Villa.
The Blues welcomed Dean Smith’s men to Stamford Bridge, for their latest Premier League outing.
Chelsea headed into proceedings amid a slump in form over recent weeks, having failed to secure 3 points in any of their previous 3 fixtures across all competitions.
When all was said and done in the English capital 24 hours ago, though, the Pensioners put their recent struggles behind them, as goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount guided the hosts to a 2-1 win.
11 – Tammy Abraham has scored 11 goals in 14 Premier League apps this season – the only Chelsea players to score more in their first 14 apps in a PL season are Diego Costa (12 in 2014-15) and Nicolas Anelka (12 in 2008-09). Traps. pic.twitter.com/SwDaP9662w
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 4, 2019
Highlights: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
Imminent Rudiger return
As outlined above, key to Chelsea’s victory last night was the return of Tammy Abraham.
Hitman Abraham, who has been in stellar form this season, missed the Blues’ previous outing, a shock 1-0 defeat to West Ham.
The English international, though, notched a goal and an assist versus Aston Villa, in a Man of the Match display.
And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of Simon Johnson, Frank Lampard’s side look set for a timely return at the other end of the pitch, too, ahead of the hectic festive period.
The individual closing on a comeback to Chelsea’s starting XI is defender Antonio Rudiger.
Former Roma man Rudiger is viewed by most as the Londoners’ finest central-defender.
He has, though, not featured for the club since the middle of September, in a Premier League meeting with Wolves.
Rudiger has since been sidelined with a groin problem, with the German international having been forced to undergo surgery last month as a result.
But the 26-year-old is now said to have finally returned to full fitness, and could even feature in Chelsea’s meeting with Everton this weekend:
Been well documented that Rudiger is back in training at Chelsea, but understand he’s fully fit and available to play now. Just a matter of when Lampard opts to select him. But got impression we should see him in any of the next 3 matches – Everton on Saturday is a possibility.
— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) December 5, 2019