Chelsea have several injury concerns to deal with ahead of their Premier League clash with Norwich. The Blues host the already-relegated Canaries at Stamford Bridge tonight knowing three points will be vital in their pursuit of Champions League qualification.
The overturning of Manchester City’s UEFA ban means Chelsea are now scrapping with Leicester and Manchester United for two remaining spots at the top table of European football next season.
Frank Lampard’s men missed a chance to stretch their lead over the Foxes with defeat against Sheffield United last time out, although they weren’t punished when their rivals lost to Bournemouth on Sunday.
Meanwhile, United’s impressive recent form has turned the screw on the Blues who need to get back to winning ways against Norwich.
Andreas Christensen has been passed fit to feature, having limped off against Sheffield United, but the west London club will still be without several key players due to injury.
Kante has struggled with a number of injuries during the 2019/20 season, meaning he has made just 27 appearances across all competitions.
The Frenchman is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered in the second half of the 3-0 win over Watford earlier this month.
Kante has subsequently missed games against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United while Lampard has confirmed the World Cup winner will also sit out against Norwich.
But there is hope he could be back to face Manchester United in the FA Cup, with Lampard saying: “Yeah, he has a chance for the semi-final.”
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Gilmour has undergone a knee operation and is set to be sidelined for three to four months.
The teenager has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge but will now miss the run-in and a large chunk of next season.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the defeat to Sheffield United, Lampard said: “I’m obviously very disappointed as we all are here and of course Billy himself.
“I spoke with him yesterday at length, just giving him support and being there for him. He’s a tough boy, but it did hit him hard especially as a younger player who has just made a breakthrough in recent times and was doing well.”
Tomori had been closing in on a return to action after suffering a muscle injury in training ahead of the Premier League restart.
However, the 22-year-old has suffered a setback earlier this month and remains a doubt to face Norwich
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Lampard said: “The rest [of the injury situation] is as we were.”
Marco van Ginkel
Van Ginkel has been sidelined for nearly two years with a serious knee injury but recently signed a 12-month contract extension at Stamford Bridge.
The Dutchman is steadily working his way back to full fitness and has been stepping up his recovery during the coronavirus lockdown.