Lampard admits Rudiger is “days and weeks” from fitness and Hudson-Odoi also close to return

Frank Lampard has given his standard press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League game with Valencia, and for once he had some positive injury news.

It’s been a good few weeks, with N’Golo Kante finally establishing himself as a regular again, and now it seems like another key man from last season is almost ready for a return.

Simon Johnson of the Athletic was in the press conference to record the manager’s quotes:

So Rudiger will be “days and weeks” rather than “months,” and given we saw him in training today, it seems a matter of just regaining fitness more than anything else.

We won’t see him rushed into action, that’s for sure, given what happened last time.

Hudson-Odoi sounds like he’s close, although tomorrow night comes too soon, and he still has a battle to actually get picked in the first team at the moment.

We will see who the manager picks this time tomorrow.