Chelsea may reportedly have eight players missing out on
Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend.
Frank Lampard has endured a testing start since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, witnessing his team register just five points from possible 12.
The club legend has been hindered by the long-term injuries to Antonio Rudiger, Calum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also been struggling for fitness.
After Emerson Palmieri picked up a knock during the international duty with Italy, The Sun reports that the West London club may have eight players missing for the trip to Molineux.
While highly-rated youngster Reece James is still recovering from ankle surgery, both Pedro Rodriguez and Mateo Kovacic are carrying Hamstring and Achilles problems respectively.
Chelsea are currently six in the Premier League table and following the inconsistency of their rivals Arsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham Hotspur they have chance to end in top four despite the transfer ban, however, injuries of quality players like Kante and Rudiger could see it tough following their participation to Champions League this season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea best defender at this moment Antonio Rudiger has completed another 90 minutes with the Blues Under-23 side as he continues to recover from his long knee injury.
While he has been training with the rest of the team throughout August, the Blues head-coach Frank Lampard has opted not to rush back the former AS Roma star given the lack of numbers in the centre of defence.
However, the 26-year-old defender appears in line to be back in contention after the international break having completed a second-string game against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night and could be in line against Wolves.