Treatment room starting to clear for Lampard
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping to have a number of key players back in contention when they take on Wolves in the Premier League this weekend.
As well as not being able to sign new players because of the transfer ban, Lampard has also had to deal with a crippling injury list that has robbed him of key players.
It has made life even harder for the new boss although there are signs of the injury situation easing and he could have a number of them available against Wolves.
Key midfielder N’Golo Kante picked up an ankle injury before the international break but has made good progress and will be handed a late fitness test before Lampard names his side.
Antonio Rudiger has been a big loss in the heart of the Chelsea defence although there is a chance Lampard could put him back in this weekend despite a lack of match fitness.
Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Pedro could also return to bolster the Chelsea attack as they go in search of a much-needed three points.
However, it is not all good news as Emerson Palmieri is touch and go after picking up an injury on international duty, while both Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain on the sidelines.
It has been a low key start to the season for Chelsea as they sit in mid-table, with five points from the opening four games, while conceding goals has been an issue.
They squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Sheffield United last time out and the defence is sure to be tested again against a Wolves side who like to attack and can score goals.
Molineux is a tough place to go and that clash is quickly followed by a Champions League showdown with Valencia on Tuesday.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.