Chelsea U23 vs Liverpool U23
Chelsea take on Liverpool in U23 action on Monday night.
Liverpool started the Premier League 2 season with a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham.
As for Chelsea, the Blues’ U23 side beat Derby County 1-0 in round one of the new season.
Antonio Rudiger is back
In a big injury boost, Chelsea have confirmed that Antonio Rudiger will feature against Liverpool tonight.
Rudiger, the German centre-half, has been sidelined for months through injury.
The Chelsea defender has been recovering from a knee operation earlier in the year.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Rudiger said the following before his comeback:
I know I need to be patient. There is no need to rush anything because as we all know we have a long season to go.
I am happy because I am going to have some minutes with the Under-23s against Liverpool. I’m very pleased with that.
Chelsea are yet to record a clean sheet in three competitive matches under Frank Lampard.
After losing 4-0 at Man United, Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup.
While, on Sunday, Chelsea were held to a 1-1 home draw against Leicester City.
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Michy Batshuayi to feature
Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi has yet to play for Chelsea this season.
Batshuayi has been watching on as Lampard has rotated Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud in Chelsea’s opening fixtures of the season.
Chelsea have confirmed that Batshuayi will take part in the U23 game against Liverpool.
Chelsea’s next run of fixtures
Will the Blues win a match in August?
Chelsea’s remaining matches this month include games against newly-promoted sides Norwich (away on August 24th) and Sheffield United (home, August 31st).