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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger missed the final weeks of last season after hurting his knee in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in April.
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.
Rudiger is Chelsea’s best centre-back if fit as the combination of Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma hasn’t clicked. The duo are yet to form a good partnership and have shipped in seven goals in the three competitive games the Blues have played this season.
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.”
However, Rudiger impressed as he played 90 minutes for the development squad in the 3-0 win over Liverpool, and is now set to play for the senior team.
According to reports, Rudiger is kicking to feature in this weekend’s clash against Norwich City as Lampard searches for his first win as a Chelsea manager.
Meanwhile, Zouma has revealed that he’s ready to work on his mistakes and wants to be perfect in every game.
“I knew myself I had done mistakes,” said Zouma.
“I want to be perfect every game. I am still learning and I have to learn from that. After a game like this you have to focus and keep the concentration high, and I think I have done well after that to keep myself ready and prepared.
“I always give my all on the pitch, that’s what I am here for. I just want to work hard and play. That’s what I’m trying to do and the most important thing is the team. We need to start winning games.
“I am in a big club and everyone here wants to play,” added Zouma. “The competition is very hard and you can see in the squad, there are a lot of talented players so when you train, you have to do it right. Everyone that’s on the pitch wants to stay on the pitch. The competition can only make us better.”