Kante, Kovacic, Christensen, Emerson and others; Chelsea international break injury news

Chelsea's English midfielder Ross Barkley (L), Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud (C), Chelsea's US midfielder Christian Pulisic (2R) and Chelsea's Danish defender Andreas Christensen attend a training session at Chelsea's Cobham training facility in Stoke D'Abernon, southwest of London on May October 1, 2019, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group H football match against Lille. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would tag the latest international break an unfortunate one as key members of his young Chelsea squad are currently nursing injuries picked up in the course of country duties. After two consecutive victories in the premier league and a win away in the champions league, the Chelsea boss will now have to play some weeks without key squad members.
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It became news following Kante’s withdrawal from the Les Blues team to face Iceland on Friday. France boss Didier Deschamps later said “He felt a pain in the adductor [groin] muscle,” Deschamps said. “He had a feeling where he did not feel comfortable to play. “I made the decision [to pull him from the squad], because maybe it could get even worse.
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“I do not think it’s too serious for NG [Kante], but I do not have an answer tonight.”

Chelsea fans will be excited that the midfielder will be available for the Blues weekend clash against Newcastle.

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Chelsea centre back Andreas Christensen limped off of the pitch during Denmark’s 1-0 win in the UEFA Euro qualifier against Switzerland and appeared to be in serious pains, though no news confirming the length of his injury has so far been made.

Emerson Palmieri who made a return to action at the Stamford bridge against Liverpool and could only play for 15 minutes may likely feature this weekend against the Magpies.

The Brazilian-born Italian full back limped off after just eight minutes into Italy’s UEFA Euro qualifier against Finland and was sidelined for a couple of weeks before making a return to action in a 1-2 loss against the Reds.

Antonio Rudiger’s season has been heavily marred with injury woes. The 26-year-old made his first appearance of the season against Wolves and was substituted at half-time, he has since been out of the squad. Asked about the center-back’s injury, Lampard said “Toni has got a recurring injury in the groin,” he said. “So it’s not the knee.

“We are trying to find a solution because he still does have some pain. We are hopeful that it won’t be long, but we don’t have an end date for you.”

Another injury-plagued player is Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has been out since rupturing his Archilles tendon. He has been undergoing rehabilitation since his injury and is tipped to return sometime in November.

Lampard has however refused to give a specific date for the midfielder’s return, saying, “Ruben we can’t give a date but he is outside jogging slowly,” he said ahead of the Brighton game last week. “That is a positive move for this week, good to see him outside and we will see how that goes over the next weeks.”

The player has also been talking about his road to recovery.

“I’ve actually had a few setbacks that have put me behind which has been quite frustrating to be honest,” he told WOWHYDRATE.

“I’ve had to learn to walk again and I’ve only just got pain free but for sure I’m going to come back stronger, sharper and do whatever I can to be in better shape.

“Everything I’ve been working towards is for the feeling of stepping back onto that pitch again and I’m ready to go.”

Mateo Kovacic picked up an injury against Wales on Sunday in the biuld up to Gareth Bale’s equalizer and was substituted at half-time by Ivan Rakitic.
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No official statement has so far been made by Croatia or Chelsea regarding the magnitude or longevity of the injury.

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