Chelsea defensive duo Reece James and Antonio Rudiger are on track to be fully fit after the international break.
Reece James was forced to withdraw from England’s Under-21 squad on Thursday, but is expected to be back in training next week. The full-back has only just returned from a long-term injury, making his first appearance in Frank Lampard’s side last month.
James scored a goal and provided an assist on his debut for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, but was forced to pull out of international duty with England after aggravating the ankle injury that had kept him sidelined for the start of the season.
According to Daily Mail, the injury is not serious and that James will report for training next week. Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger has missed most of the start of the season to injury, but provided an injury update ahead of his expected return after the international break.
Rudiger suffered an injury against Manchester United back in April and returned in the 5-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, however, the center-back suffered another setback with a groin injury. The German defender slipped when running off the pitch while making a clearance and came off at half-time.
The German posted a photo at Cobham as he steps up his recovery after struggling to throw off a knee injury he picked up at the end of last season. Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge on 19 October and could have Reece and Rudiger available for selection for that game.