11.30am Chelsea news LIVE: Rudiger ‘to return to squad’, Ziyech fitness test, Rice subject of £120k-a-week ‘offer’


Chelsea will reportedly train in Russia ahead of their Champions League clash with Krasnodar despite concerns over coronavirus in the country.

The Mail cites reports from Russia claiming that some cities are seeing ‘bodies pile up in morgues’.

However, it’s claimed Chelsea intend to fly out on Tuesday for their match, which kicks off at 5.55pm GMT the following day on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard’s men will apparently take off at 9.30am from London, travelling the five hours to south-west Russia on a chartered flight.

The Blues will arrive in the early evening and head straight to Krasnodar’s stadium for a late training session.

In other news, Stats have revealed just how much of an improvement Edouard Mendy is on Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Mendy boasts a save percentage of 88.9 per cent, while Kepa kept out just 63.4 per cent of the shots he faced.

Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger has held positive talks with Lampard as he looks to claw his way back into the squad.

Telegraph Sport claim the German star has been training well since he returned from international duty.

Rudiger was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer, but he looks set to stick around and fight for his spot.


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