Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly planning to re-integrate Antonio Rudiger back into his first-team plans.
According to the Daily Mail, Lampard has held “heart-to-heart” discussions with the 27-year-old defender and the outcome has been a positive one.
The Germany international is yet to play a single minute of senior action so far this season and has been frozen out of the Blues team, but there has been “constructive” talks with the manager.
It is claimed the centre-back looked likely to leave in the recent transfer window, but he’s now staying with the squad at least until January and Lampard will now look to use him again.
The report explains that he will be included in Chelsea’s squad on Wednesday night for the Champions League group stage match against Krasnodar and in the coming weeks could get his first club minutes of the season.
Rudiger, who joined from Roma for £29million (BBC) in 2017, has been an important player at Stamford Bridge in recent seasons.
He’s a no-nonsense centre-half with a real physical presence and he’s good with the ball at his feet, but has been guilty of the odd individual mistake during the last year.
Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma appear to be the favoured Chelsea centre-back partnership right now, but there are plenty of fixtures for the manage to rotate in and perhaps Rudiger may feature before the international break, albeit Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen are two more centre-backs that will be desperate for action.