Andreas Christensen wears mask in Chelsea training after being declared fit to face Tottenham
Andreas Christensen wore a protective mask in training on Friday after Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed the defender will be fit to play against Tottenham on Saturday.
The 23-year-old was inadvertently elbowed in the nose by Anthony Martial during the Blues’ 2-0 home defeat by Manchester United on Monday, and he reportedly flew to Milan to have the mask fitted on Wednesday.
Lampard told reporters: ‘Andreas went to get a mask for a broken nose that he’s now trained with, so he’s available for selection, albeit with wearing a mask.
‘He’s good actually, he’s been heading the ball. He’s in great form, Andreas, and we’ll have to see. I’ll speak to him later on just to make sure he’s ready. He’s got to be able to take contact.’
The Denmark international has became the latest in a long line of Chelsea players to play through the pain barrier whilst wearing a protective facial mask.
It is a list that includes Petr Cech, Paulo Ferreira, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azplicueta, Nemanja Matic, Ramires, Cesc Fabregas, Demba Ba, Fernando Torres, Diego Costa and Pedro.
Christensen has started Chelsea’s last five Premier League games and will be desperate to line up against rivals Spurs on Saturday.
The two meet at Stamford Bridge at lunchtime, with Frank Lampard’s side just a point ahead of their opponents in fourth.