Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed another injury setback to defender Antonio Rudiger.
The 26-year-old has made just one senior appearance this season and has had rotten luck with injuries.
He’s been sidelined since April with a groin problem and it looks like he’s had more damage done.
“He had an operation, he is out for three weeks and then we will see about his match fitness. Hopefully in three weeks’ time we will know more. You do well to cope without big players,” Lampard said in his press conference, as quoted by Football.London.
Chelsea fans were excited about the potential return of Rudiger in the near future, but they will have to be patient with the Germany international.
He was the Blues best centre-back last season, but has been restricted from making an impression under the new manger Frank Lampard.
Fortunately Chelsea have proven they have a big enough squad to cope without enforcer Rudiger and it’s been up to others step up.
Andreas Christensen is back in contention from his own injury, but it’s been the duo of Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori excelling in the heart of defence recently.
The Zouma-Tomori combination is one with raw pace and power that continues to grow, which is why it is going to be hard for any of their teammates to break it.
Chelsea are in the great position of having four top centre-backs when all our fit and the size of the squad has paid off so far this season, while there is also rising talent Marc Guehi in reserve.