Frank Lampard has confirmed (official Twitter) that Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is edging closer to a return from injury.
Blues manager Lampard explained that Christensen and also Ross Barkley are “not far” from comebacks.
Christensen has missed the last four games across all competitions with a hamstring problem, but is expected to be back in contention shortly.
It’s positive news for Chelsea that one of their first-team centre-backs is close to a return, as they are also missing Antonio Rudiger in the heart of defence due to his separate problem.
Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma have established quite the partnership in defence during recent games, which is why Lampard is going to have a real complicated matter on his hands when all centre-backs are fit.
Christensen started the beginning of the season in Lampard’s best XI, as he completed 90 minutes in four of the opening five league games.
The 23-year-old is one of several Blues players to come through the academy and he’s now experienced 80 senior games of the club.
He has proven in the past he’s got the temperament to play at the highest level and is a calming influence in the backline, but it looks like he may not walk straight back into the team.
Chelsea have games against Watford, Ajax and Crystal Palace during the next week before the international break, and it’s vital Christensen impresses if he gets any chance to feature in them.
It’s going to be a difficult situation for Lampard to deal with when it comes to his team selection and Denmark international Christensen will be desperate to be back in the side moving forward.