Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Pedro will all be back in contention when the Blues travel to Wolves on Saturday week.
Speaking about the trio’s fitness following the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United at the weekend, Lampard said he is confident that all of them will be ready to start at Molineux:
“Rudiger now is fit after the international break so he gives me another choice. I’m hoping N’Golo will be back for Wolves. The medical team have said to me that with no setbacks he should be, and that will be a big boost. And Pedro should be training by the middle of this week, so he should be fine for Wolves too.”
Rudiger played the full 90 minutes for the Under 23s on Friday and is now poised to make his first-team return after four months out following knee surgery.
Kante’s long-term fitness remains a concern. The Frenchman has had a chronic knee injury which has plagued him since the back end of last season, but the club appear confident that he’ll recover in time for the Wolves game.
Pedro, meanwhile, suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up before the 3-2 win over Norwich, but he should be ready to start Chelsea’s next match in 12 days time.