Frank Lampard Hopeful Defender's Injury Only A Small Setback

Antonio Rudiger’s awaited return from injury was blown up by yet another one against Wolves on Saturday.

The German defender was brought on to lead a young Chelsea lineup but had to be taken off just before the half time whistle with another injury setback.

Rudiger suffered a groin injury after being deemed fit from the knee injury he picked up last season. The 26-year-old had to spend a considerable bit of time rehabilitating but it is clear now, his return was a bit premature.

“He’s had a groin issue which he bothered as he came off the pitch near me – he slipped onto the metal which made him have to slide and adjust himself so he bothered his groin,” Lampard explained in his post-match news conference.

“He ran off the pitch and unfortunately he bothered it then. It’s a quick turnaround but hopefully [he can play Valencia]. Hopefully not too bad. It’s more of a precaution because he did feel some pain, so we’ll assess it over the next couple of days.”

Overall, Rudiger was not a huge miss last night as Chelsea thumped Wolves to a 5-2 defeat. Lampard brought on Kurt Zouma in his place to complete the 3-4-3 setup he started the match in.

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