Frank Lampard On The Availability Of Willian And Rudiger Against Liverpool

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Toni Rudiger and Willian travelled with the squad to Turkey for Wednesday’s Super Cup clash against Liverpool following a step up in their rehabilitation work at Cobham last week.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed Willian won’t start against Liverpool on Wednesday as it would be tough to play him from the start in such a high intensity game immediately after his injury recovery.

Lampard revealed Willian will be on the bench against Liverpool but Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger isn’t expected to play a part in Wednesday’s game against Liverpool as he isn’t fully fit.

Lampard said: “Willian and Rudiger are here with us but they’re in different stages of recovery. Willian is not far from being fit, his injury has healed but it’s tough to bring him back for such a high-intensity match. He’ll be working through this week to build his fitness and will be on the bench tomorrow.

“It’s a similar situation with Rudiger but we felt it was important for us to bring them here because they were a big part of the success last season.”

Rudiger is expected to return for Chelsea in the Premier League clash against Wolves after the international break.

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