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Chelsea vs Lille: Frank Lampard confirms Antonio Rudiger’s fitness

Antonio Rudiger has battled with several injuries in recent months. [Image: Getty]

Chelsea will travel to France on Tuesday as they take on Lille in the Champions League in what is certainly a must win game for the Londoners to guarantee a place in the last 16.

The Blues manager Frank Lampard is confident German defender Antonio Rudiger is ready and fit to play and has included him in the squad to face Lille, but has also ruled Fikayo Tomori out of the match.

He also said that he was happy to have the Germany international back in his squad to tackle the Ligue 1 side.

The German defender has played just one first-team game this season which came as a 45-minute appearance against Wolves after recovering from a groin injury that ruled him out since September.

The Blues head to the game on Tuesday following a 3-1 defeat to Everton in the Premier League over the weekend.

“He is in the squad, so there’s a chance,” said Lampard. “It’s good to have him back, he’s been training really well.

“He’s got a lot of his fitness work done since the injury healed.

“The other news I suppose is that Tomori is out. He’s got a small tiny strain around his hip area and it’s been bothering him so I’ve taken him out for a few days.”

Lampard says the defender is desperate to return to first-team action after a season disrupted by injury.

“He looks fit and ready to go,” said Lampard. “I know he’s hungry.

“In terms of people building him up, it’s probably rightly so. Everybody spoke about youth at the start of the season and transfer bans.

“The idea that we started the season with five big players all injured for a period of time. Carrying on that now, Rudiger is just back and Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] is a big player for us as well.

“You do miss those individuals, let’s see what he can add for us now.”

Our Say!

Rudiger’s return to the Chelsea team will act as a big boost especially given a minor injury suffered by Fikayo Tomori who will miss the game against the French side.


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