Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is running back on grass as he continues to recover from the ankle injury that has kept him out for almost a month.
The Belgian has been away since he was injured in the Champions League victory with 4-0 over Malmö on October 20 – the same match that attacking colleague Timo Werner pulled in the hamstring.
None of the players have played since then, although Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel had aimed for a return for the pair after the international break in November.
Midfielder Mateo Kovacic suffered a hamstring injury in training at the end of October, and went with Lukaku and Werner to the treatment room.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s final Premier League match before the break, Tuchel said: “If I give you a date now, I have to confirm or give other dates. We have a country break now then we will be clearer.
“We will use the time and see what happens during the second week of the country break. If you ask me the question, I can be more precise than now. We will use the break, have daily treatment for him, Timo and Mateo to take with them on the pitch as soon as possible. “
As the international break nears its end, there has been scarce news about Kovacic and Werner, but Lukaku has published a positive update on his recovery.
The Belgian national team player shared a number of photos of himself running on the grass at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground over his social media channels, which raised hopes that he could play a role when the Blues travel to face Leicester on Saturday.
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If the trip to King Power comes too early, Tuchel will hope that his number nine is in the form of the most important European and domestic clashes that follow against Juventus and Manchester United respectively.
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