London club centre-back Antonio Rudiger looks ready for another three weeks on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence to his groin injury during training. Germany international has had an injury-ravaged season after missing the start of the campaign with a knee injury and then tweaking his groin against Wolverhampton in September.
A 45-minute runout at Molineux is all that Antonio has mustered for the English coach so far as he had to undergo groin surgery in a bid to correct the injury. There were rumours that Rudiger would be able to come back to imminently after he was quoted as saying that he was ‘itching to play’ however, Frank insisted it that isn’t the case.
Speaking last week, Lampard said: ‘I saw the quotes. There was a miscommunication somewhere. Antonio is not fit and will be seeing a consultant on Monday.’ The 26-year-old defender has been Blues most consistent defender since joining Chelsea from Roma in a £30m agreement in 2017, featuring 90 times for the Blues in all tournaments.
German centre-back is contracted with the London club until 2022, and his release clause is around €50m. He is a regular member of the national team squad which is already a big achievement for the defender.
In his absence, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori have struck up an excellent partnership in the back-line although they conceded four goals at home to Ajax. Blues will be without long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the suspended Jorginho for weekend’s clash with Crystal Palace while Ross Barkley and Mason Mount are doubtful.