Hazard back in training as Chelsea prepare to take on Lampard’s Derby
Eden Hazard back in training as Chelsea prepare to take on Frank Lampard’s Derby side in Carabao Cup
- Eden Hazard returned to training as Chelsea prepare to face Derby County
- Frank Lampard is returning to Stamford Bridge as a manager in the Carabao Cup
- Hazard is said to be eyeing a return from injury against Crystal Palace on Sunday
- Derby head to London having knocked out Manchester United in the last round
Chelsea fans were provided a major boost on Tuesday as star man Eden Hazard returned to training with the rest of the first team squad.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are busy preparing for Frank Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as he brings his Derby County side in the Carabao Cup.
Hazard missed the weekend win over Burnley following the back injury he sustained in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United earlier in the month but was all smiles as he joked around with Jorginho in Tuesday’s training.
Eden Hazard joked around with team-mate Jorginho as he made a return to Chelsea training
Maurizio Sarri’s side are in high spirits as they prepare to face Derby in the Carabao Cup
David Luiz and N’Golo Kante had their reaction times tested as part of Tuesday’s session
Sarri will be wary of Derby after they knocked out Manchester United in the previous round
But while Hazard wore a smile in training, assistant boss Gianfranco Zola insisted on Tuesday that the Belgian is unlikely to play any part in the cup tie as the club target a return for him against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
With temperatures in London dropping quickly, players wrapped up warm as they took to the training pitch at the club’s Cobham training facility.
They were tasked with navigating strategically placed poles while Sarri also cast a keen eye over a possession drill.
Derby have impressed in the Championship this season under Lampard and Chelsea will be wary of an upset after the Rams knocked out Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side at Old Trafford in the last round.
With temperatures dropping, some in the squad wrapped up in hats, gloves and snoods
Danny Drinkwater will be pushing to be involved after struggling to get regular minutes
Mason Mount, who has been integral for Derby, is on loan at the club from Chelsea and will be inevitable against his parent club.
‘I’m sure it will be a big night for him. We’re looking forward as well. We’re very pleased to welcome him,’ Zola said of Lampard’s return. ‘He’s a legend of the club. He’s done so much for the club. We really wish him continuously well as a coach.
‘On a personal note I can only say it’s been a pleasure for me to have him as a companion. We spent some time together not only on the pitch but also on the training ground.
‘It’s not surprise for me he’s doing well and he’s going to do well in the new role in football. He’s always had a great attitude towards the game, towards what has to be done to become good in the game.’
Gianfranco Zola is looking forward to seeing former team-mate Frank Lampard in the EFL cup
Zola admitted he is not surprised to see the 40-year-old enjoying success as a manager
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