Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is hoping for midfield relief ahead of a potential Premier League restart as N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could return from injuries.
Premier League clubs have reportedly agreed to use neutral stadiums to complete the remainder of the season after the video conference meeting between all 20 “shareholder” clubs (Sun).
The exact resumption date will still have to wait for government approval but, according to the report, the clubs are aiming to start training on May 18 and reinstate the matches starting from June 12.
Chelsea, who had an extensive injury list prior to football’s postponement, have had some extra recovery time.
Speaking on BT Sport’s Early Kick-Off Show, Lampard specifically mentioned N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek among those who could now boost their chance for the top-four race.
Lampard said (as quoted by Chelsea’s official website): “N’Golo Kante is a great example. Obviously he has played four or five incredible seasons in terms of his success as an individual. He has been used, quite rightly so, by his managers a lot.
“This season he has played about 40 per cent of our games. Even then it’s been difficult for him. I’ve really felt for him on an individual level.
“He’s been a huge miss for us. Looking forward, and whenever a restart comes, we want to get him in his best shape. We want to get Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has missed the whole season, in his best shape.”
Kante has been absent since the 2-0 home loss against Manchester United in February.
This has been the first time Kante has had multiple injury spells in a season, resulting in him making just 18 appearances in the league.
Meanwhile, Loftus-Cheek has been out of the team for almost a year due to a serious Achilles injury.
The 24-year-old would still need time to regain match fitness but, as it has been almost a month since the last Chelsea game, it’s safe to say all the players would need it as well.