Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of N’Golo Kante ahead of their lunchtime trip to Norwich on Saturday.
Midfielder Kante is a fitness doubt for Chelsea’s clash with newly-promoted Norwich due to an ankle injury.
Manager Frank Lampard said: ‘N’Golo Kante has got an injury that he has carried all week so we are going to assess that over the next 24 hours as to whether if he is fit.’
Defender Antonio Rudiger took a big step forward in his rehab by playing 90 minutes for Chelsea’s Under 23s in their 3-0 win over Liverpool on Monday night.
Though the visit to Carrow Road has come too soon for the Germany centre back.
‘Rudiger is not yet fit,’ Lampard said. ‘Hopefully for next week. I think they are the only changes from where we were last week.’
Pedro sat out Chelsea’s open training session at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday but Lampard confirmed that was just a precautionary measure.
Lampard said: ‘Because we had as we know a busy week and three games of which Pedro contributed a lot physically, he had a couple of small aches. Nothing really, but it was a precaution to take him out of training for a couple of days. However, he’s trained the last two days.’
Chelsea head to Norwich winless after three games, having lost at Manchester United, suffered defeat on penalties in the European Super Cup to Liverpool and being held to a home draw against Leicester.
Asked if he was worried that Chelsea have not yet won a game, Lampard said: ‘Always because you want to win every game. It is Chelsea.
‘Those are concerns in effect. We have had two games in the league. One, I thought we played well but made mistakes to lose. Any year that can happen that you play well and lose at Manchester United.
‘A draw against a good Leicester team. Of course, we want more. We must not get too on top of ourselves about that. This is the Premier League but we want to win a game, of course.’