Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard welcomes Antonio Rudiger back in the team ahead of their Champions League game against Lille. But, Lampard take Fikayo Tomori out of the team for the Lille match to kick off on Tuesday.
Though, Tomori did not play in their 3-1 loss to Everton on Saturday while on the bench. Now, he will miss playing France on Tuesday due to a slight hip strain.
The Blues hosts the French side hoping a win to progress to the knockout stages of the competition. Although a draw may be good enough for them to advance, depending on Ajax beating Valencia.
However, Lampard will motivate his side to return from their defeat to the Toffees at the weekend league game. The result which opened up the top four race again.
The German defender will restore his place in the centre-back during the home match against Lille. Just after sustaining knee surgery from his groin injury against Wolverhampton back in September.
Lampard has been focusing on improving the strength of his team. He says the defender is desperate to return to the squad after a season-off by injury.
Lampard said in his statement that “He looks fit and ready to go and I know he’s hungry.” He continues ”He’s got a lot of his fitness work done since the injury healed.”
The transfer ban restricting Chelsea from signing new players is lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday. But Lampard claims he will not rush into signing into his team in the January transfer window.
In the same vein, the Blues head coach has likely players to sign like Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha among others. Which the new year window will determine whether the England manager will sign players.