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Returning Chelsea stars create selection dilemmas for Lampard as Kante is pictured in training


Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are both fit, and the pair will add to the plethora of talent already at Lampard’s disposal – Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud, and Tammy Abraham are challenging for a starting role.


He points out that N’Golo Kante was involved despite doubts over whether the French midfielder would be fit after picking up a muscle injury while on international duty, and that summer signing Ziyech, who is yet to make his competitive debut, was also part of the session.


Harbord also writes that Hudson-Odoi was sporting a large bandage around his head after suffering a cut during training with the England Under-21 squad during the international break.


Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Blues boss explained that he hoped that the Senegalese stopper’s injury would not keep him out too long – and revealed that he had not yet made a decision whether to replace him with Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero.


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Lampard also revealed that defender Thiago Silva is unfit following a long trip back from South America, where he captained Brazil against Peru, and gave hope to Antonio Rudiger, who has not featured since the opening weekend of the campaign.






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