Chelsea defenders, Reece James and Antonio Rudiger, are reportedly on track to be 100 percent fit after the international break.

James was recently forced to leave England’s Under 21 squad due to an injury but is likely to be back in Cobham for training next week. The youngster has only made a comeback following a long-term injury, making his debut in Frank Lampard’s side in September.

He scored a goal and was also instrumental in another goal during his debut for the Blues in the Carabao Cup. James, however, was forced to leave the Three Lions Under 21 squad after he aggravated the ankle injury that sidelined him since the start of the season. Luckily, his injury is not serious and is expected to report for training next week.

Rudiger on the other hand has missed most of the start of the season due to an injury. However, reports said that the defender’s condition has improved and is also expected to make a return.

Toni suffered from a knee injury which he got at the end of the last season.  A groin injury which he picked up for his lone appearance for the club this season put him in the injured list once again. However, a picture on IG which he took at Cobham shows the German is on track for full fitness.

After the international break, Chelsea will host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on October 19, and James and Rudiger are most likely going to be available for selection for that Premier League match.

Rudiger’s return could mean a better backline for Lampard as Chelsea’s defence remains the biggest area of concern for the club. His presence in the field should solidify the defence with Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen all providing steady contributions.