Expected Return Dates For Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek & Kante Ahead Of Liverpool

All the latest Chelsea injury news following the 2-2 Premier League draw with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and ahead of the FA Cup fifth round clash vs Liverpool.

Chelsea remain in pole position for Champions League qualification.

The Blues could only draw 2-2 against Bournemouth at the weekend – with Marcos Alonso rescuing Frank Lampard’s side from defeat with a late goal to earn a point at the Vitality Stadium.

However, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both failing to win the following day, the west London outfit are still three points clear in fourth place with 10 games remaining.

The Blues are next in action when they face Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday.

It’s no secret that Lampard has got a number of injury problems on his hands at the moment, but could he receive a boost ahead of the big game at Stamford Bridge?

Here’s the latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates ahead of the game.

Tammy Abraham

Chelsea have been handed a fresh blow over Tammy Abraham.

Following two quickfire goals from Bayern after half-time, Abraham was introduced with half an hour remaining.

He looked set to go through on goal after the visitors had added a third, but was challenged by Jerome Boateng, with both players staying down after the tackle.

Abraham shook off the blow to carry on, but it looks as if it may have caused more damage for the England international.

The striker was left out of the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday, with Lampard delivering a worrying update on the player.

“He went to Barcelona, to have a look at his ankle for some more advice on it. I’ve got no update for you,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“I’m hoping it’s not a long-term injury but I can’t tell you if he’ll be ready for Tuesday or Saturday.”

N’Golo Kante

The Blues lost the central midfielder early on against Man United last week and Lampard confirmed the extent of the injury afterwards.

“It’s an adductor injury. We will have to assess it, scan it,” he said.

“But it doesn’t look great.”

Lampard has already stated that he is hoping the midfielder will be back in around three weeks’ time.

“N’Golo [Kante] is not fit. He has got a muscle injury [adductor], similar to the one he came off recently against Arsenal with. Hopefully he will be [back] in three weeks, something around that.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Loftus-Cheek’s long wait for a comeback could soon be over. The midfielder is yet to feature under Frank Lampard after picking up an injury in the post-season friendly against New England Revolution.

He was however included in the squad for the game against Tottenham but was an unused substitute.

Frank Lampard left the midfielder out of his matchday squad to face Bayern however, but he was back on the bench for the trip to Bournemouth but again didn’t make it back onto the pitch.

Christian Pulisic

Pulisic hasn’t featured for the Blues since the New Year’s Day draw against Brighton and Hove Albion.

And it remains to be seen when he will be available.

Lampard gave an update on the USA international, who is not yet ready to return to first-team action.

“Christian Pulisic is still not fit. At the moment I can’t give you an exact date [as to when he will be back]. It is a difficult injury. We are working with that.”

He missed out against Bayern Munich and Bournemouth.

Marco van Ginkel

The midfielder is a long term absentee, as he continues his rehabilitation following an anterior cruciate ligament injury and the Dutchman is on the way to recovery, having confirmed on social media that he has now returned to training.

“After more than a year, finally back on the pitch,” he wrote.”For most players it is normal to be training outside, but I had some setbacks during my recovery which was really frustrating.

“I am working hard everyday, not there yet but it is getting closer now.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi has watched on from the stands as a result of a damaged hamstring suffered in training having missed the last three games with the injury.

Jorginho faces suspension after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season against Bournemouth but is free to play in the FA Cup clash against Liverpool before serving his punishment in the three games after.

Marcos Alonso and Fikayo Tomori were both also substituted in the draw against the Cherries, but it seems it was for tactical reasons rather than injury related.

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