Ex-Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has given his support to former teammate Antonio Rudiger, who is edging closer back to a return to fitness at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger has seen his season plagued by injury so far this season and he’s managed just one first-team appearance for the Blues, which was back in September against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 26-year-old defender is working his way back from injury at present and has had to watch from the sidelines his side impress on the pitch.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed (official website) on Friday that Rudiger is “getting closer” to a return and that’s he’s undergoing his own mini pre-season.
Lampard details that it’s “days and weeks rather than months” before the German centre-back is back.
Rudiger posted on his official Instagram account himself in training, which sparked a respond from Fabregas.
“Come on my man. Your time is coming,” Fabregas responded.
Monaco playmaker Fabregas was a huge favourite during his time with Chelsea, where he played 198 games for the club and won five pieces of major silverware.
Rudiger is certainly going to crank up competition in the heart of defence when he’s back, but Lampard is sensibly not rushing his return and doesn’t want to aggravate the groin problem.
Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori have benefited as the preferred centre-back pairing this campaign, while Andreas Christensen is an option too.
It will be intriguing to see if Rudiger can regain his role as the first-choice centre-back when he gets back into the fold.