Havertz and Silva return for Chelsea

Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham of Chelsea during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and Rennes at Chelsea Training Ground on November 23, 2020 in Cobham, United Kingdom.

Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva are both in Chelsea's squad for Tuesday's Champions League group game at Rennes (17:55 GMT).

Havertz, 21, is back from a period of self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, while Silva, 36, was rested for Saturday's win at Newcastle.

Rennes are likely to be without on-loan Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Faitout Maouassa.

Left-back Dalbert is suspended after being sent off at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard also confirmed that USA winger Christian Pulisic is nearing a return to action.

The 22-year-old has been out for almost a month with a hamstring strain, but should be fit to face Tottenham on Sunday in the Premier League.

By then the Blues could already have advanced to the knockout phase of the Champions League, with Lampard stressing that their early progression could help alleviate the strain of playing eight games in December.

"I have looked at the schedule and it is brutal. We play Arsenal on Boxing Day and then Aston Villa two days later," he said.

"We need to try to win this game and if we can get into the next round then we could rest players, but we still want to win the group. I am confident in the squad, even if we rotate."

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