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It’s been a season of injuries and recovery for Blues boss Frank Lampard as he had seen a number of his first team players get injured, some return from long-term injuries and some still out injured.
Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri has missed Chelsea’s last two matches against Wolves and Valencia after suffering a thigh strain during the international break with Italy.
The Italy international has now resumed training and could be fit for this weekend’s game against Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is pushing to be fit ahead of Sunday’s game, having missed the last four games for the Blues.
For Antonio Rudiger, the German international was absent for Chelsea’s clash with Valencia and also missed Thursday’s training session due to a groin problem. He’s out of Liverpool clash.
Mason Mount, who was forced off after just 16 minutes with an ankle injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday, scans have shown that the 20-year-old midfielder has not suffered ligament damage but the midfielder is expected to miss Chelsea’s match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Speaking after the game, Lampard admitted that the substitution disrupted his side’s flow given Mount’s growing influence within the team and that the sub came just too early.
He said: “It did affect it because he started really bright and we know how well he’s playing.
“I thought there were parts of his game that looked really sharp, especially with Willian.
“It was obviously a change you don’t want to make that early.”
Marcos Alonso has looked pretty reliable in Alonso’s absence, and one would wonder if Lampard would quickly throw Emerson back into the squad or let Alonso continue against Liverpool on Sunday.