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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger hasn’t featured for the Blues since his knee injury in April. He didn’t partake in any of our pre-season games and has only been named on the bench in the games against Liverpool and Leicester City.
Having been out for a long time, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard intends to introduce Rudiger gradually, and the 26-year-old played 90 minutes for the development squad in the 3-0 win over Liverpool, and is now set to play for the first team.
Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Norwich, Rudiger has revealed that he’s impressed with his fitness.
“I’ve been back for almost two weeks with the team and I’m feeling better each day but of course there is still game fitness missing, which is what I need to get better,” the 26-year-old told the official Chelsea website.
“I know I need to be patient. There’s no need to rush anything at the moment because we have a long season to go. You have to go day by day and that is what I’m doing.”
Just last week, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard revealed that Rudiger wasn’t yet match fit, explaining why he’s yet to play a game this season.
Lampard told the media: “Rudiger is training. Whether he’s completely match fit is a different thing, for the same reasons as Callum, a bit of conditioning [needed]. Willian is probably closer. They are both in contention for the weekend.”
Rudiger will be kicking for a start against Norwich on Saturday, and it remains to be seen if he’d be used from the start at Carrow Road.