Chelsea injury boost but N’Golo Kante still out

Chelsea have been boosted with Mateo Kovacic, Antonio Rudiger and Pedro all fit for the travel to Wolves with Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi set for under 23 matches but will miss Ngolo Kante according to the Blues head coach Frank Lampard.

‘Rudiger is fit to play,’ Lampard told the Chelsea press conference.

‘He’s been very important for the club and the team since he’s been here with his personality, character and quality and we’ve missed him.

‘Kovacic is fit to play but N’Golo is not fit yet,’ he continued. ‘He still has issues with his ankle and the medical team are working with him.

On the other front Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are set to begin their match readiness with both scheduled for the development side today.

‘Callum is going to play for the Under-23s this evening, along with Reece James, so they’ll get minutes which is important now,’ he added.

‘Callum has been training with us for a while but there are still some issues with the actual injury itself that we need to make sure are okay. He’ll need to get match fit so these games are really beneficial for him.

‘Reece has not had such a long time out but he needs games for similar reasons. They’re two young players who are going to be big for this club going forward so we’ll all be watching tonight.’

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