Chelsea have received a key injury boost with Antonio Rudiger returning to training with his teammates ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
The Germany international has played no part for the Blues since April after undergoing an operation for a knee problem sustained during a league clash against Manchester United.
Earlier last week, Rudiger revealed that he had started individual training, and he has now linked up with his teammates in the normal routine in the lead-up to the league opener against United.
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) August 7, 2019
Despite the return to full training, Blues boss Frank Lampard may not rush the German into the field of play, given the defender experienced the long-term effects of a similar injury in April, where he made a quick comeback under former coach Maurizio Sarri.
In Rudiger’s absence, Lampard has just three recognised central defenders at his disposal in Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori after David Luiz made the shock decision to join Arsenal just prior to the transfer deadline.
Among those, Zouma and Christensen are expected to take up the starting duties against United on August 11, given they are vastly experienced in the top-flight when compared to Tomori, who has made the single league appearance for the side.
Elsewhere, Lampard needs to make a decision on N’Golo Kante after his recent return from a knee concern while he has selection headache in the attacking department where the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are knocking the door for maiden Premier League starts.