Ahead of Sunday's match, Frank Lampard had mixed news on our defenders' fitness, with one centre-back approaching a return but another joining the injury list, while revealing the time he tried to bring opponents Manchester City's biggest attacking threat to Chelsea.

Speaking to the media before taking his Chelsea team to the Etihad Stadium to face Premier League leaders Manchester City, Frank Lampard delivered the latest news on who will and won't be available for Sunday's game.

Man City vs Chelsea Koulibaly and Badiashile injury update

It is largely as we were for last week's home game against Nottingham Forest, although Lampard was able to report some pleasing progress for Kalidou Koulibaly in his bid to return before the end of the season.

However, he has lost another member of his defence, with a fresh problem for Benoit Badiashile meaning the Frenchman joins Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, N'Golo Kante and Marc Cucurella in the treatment room.

'Injury-wise, we’re pretty much similar to where we have been recently, in terms of Mason, Reece, Chilly, N’Golo and Marc Cucurella are not fit,' said Lampard.

'Koulibaly has been training with us over the last week but is probably not really ready for a game like this, but he is ahead of schedule to be fair.

'Benoit injured himself in training two days ago, his groin, and will miss the game. We’re assessing that now as we speak.'

Man City vs Chelsea Lampard on Haaland's threat

Our caretaker manager also highlighted the threat of Manchester City striker Erling Haaland as a problem we will have to contend with at the Etihad Stadium, outlining the huge respect he has for the Norway international and revealing he attempted sign him during his first spell in the Stamford Bridge dug-out.

'I’ve got huge respect for him, he’s a player I tried to bring to Chelsea the first time I was here. Obviously that couldn’t happen, but his level at that point was very clear as well, we played against him in a pre-season game with Salzburg and he was fantastic.

'So credit to him, I love seeing players at that level, I love seeing players with that personality and level of hunger to play and be the best, which he’s proven himself to be.

'In terms of having to deal with him, you need to have a plan and an idea. Players at that level can make something happen at any moment. I’m sure the players have a good awareness of him. You have to be at your best to try to negate the things he does.

'I think he’s special, I knew he’d adapt straight away, just through his level. I just think with the level of player and his record of scoring in Austria, for his country and in the Bundesliga, which is not an easy league, to come into a really good unit already, that’s a recipe to really help him. The rest is just credit to him and the team around him, I have a real respect for the player.'

Man City vs Chelsea injury list

Marcus Bettinelli missed our last match and could do so again, while Mateo Kovacic is a doubt after going off with an injury against Nottingham Forest. Armando Broja remains unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation from cruciate ligament damage.

Manchester City have just one absentee, with former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake likely to miss the game with a thigh injury, although manager Pep Guardiola did give him a small chance of being fit in time to feature on Sunday.

Man City 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.

Man City vs Chelsea referee and VAR

Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: John Brooks