James, Pulisic, Kante: Chelsea confirmed team news and injury updates ahead of Fulham clash

Chelsea return to action against west London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening.

And the good news is that Blues boss Frank Lampard has no fresh injury concerns heading into the game.

The derby was originally scheduled for Friday night but due to Fulham’s rearranged clash with Spurs in midweek where they secured a 1-1 draw, the match was pushed back by a day.

The extra day’s rest and preparation will be sure to benefit Lampard’s side as he’s has had an extended period of time on the training ground with his players for perhaps the first time this season.

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After a run of just one win in six Premier League games, Lampard is sure to pick a strong side for the local derby.

Here is all the very latest Chelsea injury news ahead of the game.

Reece James

Earlier in the week, Reece James was a major doubt for the trip to Craven Cottage. However, the 21-year-old right-back should be back in contention after Lampard confirmed his return on Thursday.

The young defender has nailed down the right-back slot this season replacing experienced club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who has been filling in for the past three outings.

James’ return will be a huge boost for Lampard, with Chelsea currently on a poor league run the return of his preferred right-back will be welcome news for the boss. He now has to decide if James is ready to start or not.

Reece James’ last appearance for Chelsea was against Arsenal on Boxing Day

Andreas Christensen

Like James, the news on Christensen is positive. Following a two-week absence from the team the Danish centre-back is looking like he is ready for a recall to the side should Lampard require his services.

Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva seem to be the preferred pairing for the Blues, but the option of resting and rotating his defenders will be a boost for Lampard.

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N’Golo Kante

Kante was not available for selection against Morecambe in the FA Cup last Sunday weekend following a hamstring issue picked up in the 3-1 defeat against Manchester City on January 3.

The French midfielder is suspended anyway for the game so he wouldn’t have played but Lampard revealed that Kante has recovered and is set to return to training on Friday.

That means he should be available to face his former side Leicester City next week at the King Power.

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