In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Frank Lampard explain what Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be doing during winter break and shares a nice moment with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.
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Loftus-Cheek continues rehab work
The Evening Standard reports Ruben Loftus-Cheek will continue working on his injury rehabilitation during the mid-season player break as he bids to return to fitness for the run-in to the season.
The 24-year-old has been out of action since last May when he ruptured his Achilles tendon and had to undergo surgery. He has recently been training with our youth teams as he works his way to get up to speed to play for our senior team once again.
‘Where we are having a bit of time off for the players, he [Loftus-Cheek] won’t, he’ll be working,’ said head coach Frank Lampard at the start of a 16-day break before our next game against Manchester United.
‘He’ll be with the under-23s to try and get some minutes. He’ll have to get some minutes. He’s had a full week of training with us for the first time and he has come through it.
‘It’d great to see him but he looks short, he knows he’s short, you couldn’t not be after he has been out for so long.
‘So yes, 23s progression and hopefully after the break we can talk about him more when he is going to come back into the squad.’
Lampard interrupts Rodgers’ presser
ESPN.com has shared video of a nice show of respect between Lampard and Brendan Rodgers after the Chelsea boss gate-crashed the Leicester City manager’s press conference following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
Having completed his own media duties, Lampard was set to return with the squad to London but took a quick detour to say goodbye to the former Chelsea youth and reserve team manager.
With Rodgers in the midst of answering a question, Lampard walked up to the table, saying: ‘Sorry, excuse me. Brendan I’ve got to go because we’re shooting off.’
The pair shook hands and patted each other on the back with Lampard adding: ‘I didn't want to be rude. It's good to see you, all the best.’
Rodgers responded by telling the Chelsea boss to 'have a nice break' before turning back to the media, smiling and saying that Lampard 'must have a flight to catch'.
Morris feels Abraham will heed advice of legends
Chelsea assistant head coach Jody Morris has tweeted his opinion that Tammy Abraham will benefit positively from the comments made about the Chelsea youngster by three former England strikers on BBC’s Match of the Day.
After watching highlights of our draw at Leicester, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright shared their views on how Abraham could continue to improve as a frontman after he failed to find the back of the net against the Foxes.
‘This is not a criticism of Tammy Abraham because I am a huge fan of his. He has got a massive future in the game and he's scored 13 league goals this season already, which is a very good return,’ said Shearer.
‘But to get from 15 goals to 25, which he is capable of, you just need a little help and reminding of what the good things to do are.’
Responding to the broadcast, Morris tweeted: ‘A good thing about Tammy is that he will definitely listen to the three legends @GaryLineker, @alanshearer and @IanWright0 trying to help him tonight on MOTD. Can’t ask for many better to listen to in his position.’
Newton bid heartfelt adieu
Eddie Newton has posted an emotional farewell to the club on Instagram after leaving the club to join Turkish side Trabzonspor as assistant manager.
The former midfielder, who famously scored in our 1997 FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough, returned to Chelsea in 2012 and had worked in a variety of coaching and backroom roles over the past eight years.
‘Today I’m writing this message with mixed emotions, I’m leaving Chelsea for a new venture which leaves me in a state of sadness and excitement,’ he said.
‘Sadness because I’m leaving the club where I have lived most of my life, you have taught me how to become a player, a coach and a man.
‘I have been offered a fantastic opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.
‘Opportunities like this come very rarely and I feel it’s time that I test myself in another environment.
‘I believe timing is everything in life and I believe this is a great time to be joining this club and I am looking forward to the challenge.’