Zouma can’t wait to partner Rudiger in defence

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Antonio Rudiger has played just 45 minutes of football this season – the first half of our win against Wolves in September, with injury having affected his season.

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Lille at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed Rudiger is available for selection.

Chelsea’s defence has been poor this season, and Blues defender Kurt Zouma can’t wait to have Rudiger back.

“Rudiger is an important player for us,” the Frenchman said at his press conference ahead of Lille clash.

“He is a very experienced player as well. We know the quality he has. It’s good to have him back. He will just help us in the games, we need everyone to move forward.”

Lampard has revealed that Rudiger is hungry to play yet again.

“It’s good to have him back,” Lampard told reporters on Monday.

“He’s been training really well. He’s got a lot of his fitness work done, his injury has healed.

“It will potentially be difficult for him [to return after a long time out], but our guard against that was to give him a lot of work.

“We have managed to create some things behind the scenes here in training that look like matchplay, and some pure running as well. He has come through all that.

“You can only speak as you look at him, and he looks fit and ready to go, and I know he’s hungry. In terms of building him up, rightly so, he’s a good defender.”

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