Another setback for Antonio Rudiger. Read what Lampard has to say

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It was earlier reported that Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was close to a return from injury and has resumed training.

Rudiger has played just 45 minutes of competitive football this season and the 26 year old is itching to return to action.

Rudiger admitted he was itching to play as he said before the Watford clash: “It is very long now [his absence].

“Even with my cruciate ligament rupture, I was not out for so long.

“I’m itching [to play] but very patient.”

Speaking last week, Lampard corrected that Rudiger isn’t set to play and will see a consultant first before a decision is made as he said: “I saw the quotes. There was a miscommunication somewhere. He’s not fit and will be seeing a consultant on Monday.”

After just a 45-minute runout at the Molineux which has been Rudiger’s only appearance this season, the centre-back has had to undergo groin surgery in a bid to correct the problem that have kept him out for so long.

Following his visitation to the consultant, Lampard has now revealed that Rudiger won’t be ready until another three weeks.

The Chelsea manager said on Rudiger’s injury update: “He had an operation and is probably going to be out for around three weeks. We will have to see where the match fitness comes in then, because it is a long time he has been out now.

“It was nice to get something definitive about it. We’ve been trying to find a solution. Toni has been having some issues. It’s not easy for a player in that position. Hopefully in three weeks’ time we will be in a lot better place.”

In his absence, Kurt Zouma has formed a good partnership with Antonio Rudiger in the centre-back position.

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