Talisman Kai Havertz is back fit and contention for feature, while Thiago Silva should start as Frank Lampard’s side gear up to take on Rennes in the Uefa Champions League.
Chelsea will be looking to take a step closer towards qualifying for the knockout stages of the Uefa Champions League when they take on Ligue 1 side Rennes at Roazhom Park stadium on Tuesday evening.
And head coach Frank Lampard has been treated with positive news heading into the game as blockbuster summer signing Kai Havertz is fit and ready to return to action after having been sidelined for the last few games due to a positive coronavirus test.
Speaking ahead of encounter with Ligue 1 side, Lampard said: ‘I hope he is available. He’s been in for a few days now doing some individual work and he’s looked pretty good.’
The Blues added that both Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva will be travelling to France for their clash with Rennes: ‘Kai and Thiago both travel and they are fit for selection,’ he claimed.
Silva, who has been rested for the weekend clash against Newcastle United, excepted to walk right back into starting XI, replacing Antonio Rudiger. Kurt Zouma ought to be his partner at the hearts of the Blues defence against Rennes tonight.
There could be changes in the full-back slots, though, with Ben Chilwell and Reece James set to make way for Emerson Palmieri and Cesar Azipilicueta. This back-line will provide cover to Edouard Mendy, who returns to his former club mere months after making the move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
With a crunch game in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur lined up at the weekend, Frank Lampard might also look to protect powerful central midfielder N’Golo Kante, who was heavily involved during the international break with France. This could pave the way for Jorginho to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday evening.
While Havertz is in contention for selection, it is unlikely that he will be thrust right back in by the manager. So, the remaining two slots in the centre of the park are likely to be occupied by Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic once again.
The Blues boss was also confirmed his side once again be without Christian Pulisic, as he is still working towards regarding full fitness.
He said: ‘Christian stays back and doesn’t travel but the good news he has had good progression in the last week. The reason he is staying back is to get some physical work in to hopefully have him ready for selection for this weekend and onwards’.
With Pulisic unavailable and the form that the front three of Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner have been in, Frank Lampard ought to stick with the same attacking trident against Rennes, with Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi starting on the bench.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner