Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will need every player at his disposal as the season draws close to an end, with top four fight at its peak.
Chelsea’s next game is against Manchester United as the Blues aim to strengthen their grip on fourth place.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has managed just two wins in their last six league outings, and Chelsea will need nothing less than a win to maintain fourth position.
Antonio Rudiger got injured in the game against Liverpool and missed Chelsea’s last league game against Burnley, as the Blues were held to a 2-2 draw. And Blues youngster Calllum Hudson-Odoi got injured in the first-half against Burnley.
Sarri has given an update on the duo as he revealed that Rudiger is okay and Hudson-Odoi had a successful surgery following his Achilles tendon injury.
“Rudiger is okay,” Sarri said in his press conference. “We are trying to recover Kante but I am not sure at the moment.
“The operation of Callum went in the right way. He will be back here in one or two days. He needs time now. Callum is a very strong young man, physically and mentally. I am sure he will be able to return better than before.”
On when Hudson-Odoi will make his return from injury, Sarri said: “It depends. For sure three months. Then we have to see the condition. You can be able to play but we need a player at the top. So it depends. The technical period is three months, no less.”
N’Golo Kante was hauled off in the 2-2 draw with Burnley following an injury to his rib, and is a doubt for Sunday’s game.
Arsenal trail Chelsea by just a point in the race for fourth place and Sarri’s side cannot afford another slip-up after missing the chance to put some distance between them and their closest rivals on Monday.