Frank Lampard delivered the welcome news that Kai Havertz will be available for selection against Arsenal, although the outlook wasn't so good on our injured defenders, and he also discussed facing former Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

Chelsea travel across London to take on title hopefuls Arsenal in the Premier League on Tuesday evening and the Blues have received a timely boost with the news that Kai Havertz is returning to the squad after missing last week's match against Brentford.

Arsenal vs Chelsea Havertz injury update

Frank Lampard confirmed that the German international is in his thinking as he plans his starting line-up for tomorrow's game at the Emirates Stadium, but also pointed out that Havertz is not the only option in attack, with David Fofana also in consideration, while the prospect of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang facing his former club can not be ignored.

'Kai Havertz is in contention for the game, he’s trained this week,' said Lampard. 'We’ll see who starts. I’ve got Auba, I’ve got Kai, I’ve got David Fofana. I’m not going to divulge the team but they're all fit and ready.

'Possibly Auba’s past with Arsenal might come into my thinking, because we all think a player going back to their old club gives a certain motivation. I haven’t delved into that too much with Auba himself, so I’ll pick that position on my feeling of how we’ve trained and what the team structure looks like.'

Arsenal vs Chelsea Koulibaly and Cucurella injury update

Moving back to the more defensive areas of our team, the injury news wasn't so good, with concerns that Kalidou Koulibaly, who hasn't featured for Chelsea since going off with a hamstring problem in the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid, could join Reece James and Mason Mount in possibly having played his last game of 2022/23.

'Kouli is out for a while still,' continued Frank. 'I think it will be a tight call for the season to be fair. He’s working away. I’ve been impressed with him actually. He’s a professional, he’s doing his job very well, but unfortunately the injury was a bit of a tough one.

'Cucurella will probably be another two weeks or so. It was a two or three week injury when he first did it a week or so ago. Mason and Reece are the same, there's no update on them.'

Arsenal vs Chelsea Jorginho's return

One player who could be lining up against Chelsea is former Blues midfielder Jorginho, who left Stamford Bridge to join Arsenal in January. Our caretaker manager outlined his respect for the midfielder, who Lampard appointed as Chelsea vice-captain during his first spell in the dug-out here.

'I like Jorgi, he’s a very good player and was part of the team that went on to win the Champions League, a central figure in it I think. He’s a good personality in the dressing room to drive the team, a good player and if he plays he’s just another good player in that squad.

'That’s the options that teams that are challenging for titles have. Sometimes you can change the player and not drop the level, or bring a different type of player in. If that happens then it’s obviously something we’ve just got to deal with.'

Arsenal vs Chelsea injury list

Reece James has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring issue, while Mason Mount is still missing after undergoing surgery on a pelvic injury. Armando Broja remains unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation from cruciate ligament damage.

Takehiro Tomiyasu and Mohamed Elneny are both ruled out for Arsenal after undergoing surgery on knee injuries earlier this year, while William Saliba is a major doubt after missing their last six fixtures with a back problem.

Arsenal vs Chelsea suspension

There are no suspensions for either side in this match.

As Chelsea have now surpassed 32 games in the Premier League this season, it is no longer possible for players to be suspended due to the number of accumulated yellow cards in 2022/23. However, bans will still be issued for players who are sent off in the competition.

Arsenal vs Chelsea referee and VAR

Referee: Robert Jones
VAR: Andre Marriner