Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has dismissed suggestions defender Antonio Rudiger is ready to return from injury after the player declared himself fit.
Centre-back Rudiger has endured an injury-plagued start to the season and has managed just one appearance under Lampard.
The 26-year-old Germany international, who underwent knee surgery during the summer before sustaining a pelvic problem, had been quoted as saying he was available to boost the Blues’ options ahead of Saturday’s game at Watford.
But Lampard told a press conference: “No, he’s not fit. I saw the quotes, whether there was a miscommunication somewhere, he’s not fit.
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“He’s going to see a consultant on Monday because he has an ongoing issue in his pelvic area which is bothering him so I was a bit surprised by the quotes, it’s a miscommunication, he’s not there.”