Frank Lampard has confirmed Reece James’ return to his squid ahead of Chelsea’s West London derby with Fulham on Saturday.

The right-back has been out of action with a combination of knee and thigh issues in the last three Blues games but was pictured in training at Cobham on Wednesday.

The manager said at his pre-game press conference: “We’re all good. N’Golo Kante is suspended but he’s back in training tomorrow.

“So we’re all good.”

Chelsea will have to forego the suspended edge on Saturday after receiving a fifth booking of the season in the Manchester City loss. The midfielder also struggles with a thigh problem that would have left him out of the game anyway if he hadn’t been suspended.

Aside from James’ return to training, Andreas Christensen is also fighting to get back on the squad after his own knee injury. Lampard also confirms the Danish defender is injury free.

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The Blues have won just one of their last six Premier League games and have moved from first to ninth place as a result, three points behind Southampton on the table and tied with Aston Villa, who played two games less than Chelsea.

Chelsea have had a less congested schedule than others in recent weeks and that gave Lampard the much-needed time on the training ground after a hectic start to the season with his players.

He told reporters on Friday: “I know the rules of football. Whatever your squad, you need time to work.

“One of the great things about last season was that we had the opportunity. We had a long preseason and opportunity to work.

“These two weeks have given us the opportunity to focus on the basics of our game, how we want to play.