Frank Lampard started the season without a number of important players as he had up to five first team players out due to injury.
N’Golo Kante and Willian were the first to return from injury, while Rudiger has on the bench since his return and is gaining match fitness with the Chelsea development squad.
And now, Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has handed Frank Lampard an early injury boost after returning to training ahead of time.
Hudson-Odoi was due to return to action in October, but the 18-year-old has now begun training and was kicking it out with the first-team on Tuesday.
According to the Mirror, Hudson-Odoi could get his first game of the season next month, and he’d be a big boost to Frank Lampard’s side who need more firepower in attack.
“He’s getting closer,” Lampard said about the return of Hudson-Odoi before the game against Leicester City.
“He’s trained the last week or two with the Under-23s and is looking good. There is going to be a period of conditioning work for him. The injury looks good, which is the great news.”
Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole believes the team will come stronger when the injured players return to form and fitness.
On Lampard being without some of Chelsea’s top players, Cole told Sky Sports: “Rudiger, Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] will add to this, we’re talking about not having enough goalscorers… maybe he [Loftus-Cheek] can give something different.
“So, yes, they are missing players. Willian has obviously been away. He looked a little bit rusty today.
“Frank needs all these players sharp now. Yes, it’s only two games in but he’s already getting judged.
“So he’s going to have to be motivating these guys in a different way and say: “Hey, you better hurry up and start to get fit because I need you’.”