Chelsea manager ​Frank Lampard has confirmed that midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been named in the squad to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The 24-year-old has not been seen since May 2019, when he ruptured his Achilles tendon during a charity match against New England Revolution. 

While he only recently featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly game to aid his recovery, Lampard has now confirmed (via ​ that ​Loftus-Cheek will be part of his squad on Saturday - although he may not actually play.

"Ruben is in the squad. He is not fit to start but in the squad," Lampard revealed.

Loftus-Cheek is not the only player who will return, with striker Tammy Abraham also set to be part of the squad after shaking off a back injury which forced him to miss the recent 2-0 defeat to ​Manchester United.

Tammy Abraham

"Tammy has trained the last two days. He is probably about 70% and he is in the squad," the boss added.

Lampard also confirmed that centre-back Andreas Christensen will be available to play, but the Dane will only be able to do so while wearing a face mask after suffering a broken nose last time out.

However, the ​Blues will be without midfielder ​N'Golo Kanté, who picked up a fresh muscular injury against the Red Devils. Lampard predicted he could be out for another three weeks, meaning he could miss both European ties with ​Bayern Munich.

N'Golo Kante,Fred

Winger Christian Pulisic also remains sidelined with what Lampard described as a 'difficult injury'. He has not featured since the 1-1 draw with ​Brighton and Hove Albion and there does not appear to be a return date for the winger.

Despite a poor run of form, Chelsea are still clinging on to fourth place in the ​Premier League. With ​Spurs just one point behind in fifth, Saturday's game looks to be about as important as they come for both sides.

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