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 football.london) 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 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.
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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