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How we expect Chelsea to line-up against Burnley today

The Brazil defender was rested for the midweek Champions League win against Krasnodar – but is fit to play at Turf Moor. But with a game against Rennes on Tuesday and a hectic schedule up to Christmas, Lampard is determined not to ask too much of the 36-year-old.

“Thiago is fit,” he said. “Taking him out of the trip to Russia was more of a maintenance issue for him and I spoke to him about it.

“We’re just trying to make sure we get the best out of him over the course of a season and in this schedule where we have game after game after game, it made sense in a game, which involved a lot of travelling.

“If he had to play that game then of course he could have done but we have to put it in context of what we’ve got ahead of us. In the end it was a nice exercise with the fact we got a result and Toni Rudiger came into the team and played really well, which is the competition we need.”

Rudiger is an option again – and his greater knowhow of the Premier League, particularly in a physical battle with Burnley, could give him the edge.

Lampard added: “In terms of the rest of the squad, we don’t have any clear injuries but we do have a bit of a tired group. We arrived back quite late, in the early hours of this morning, so I’ll have to assess everybody today and tomorrow to see how they’ve settled down and we’ll see where we’re at.”

Kepa is still recovering from a shoulder injury, but has made progress this week.

Chelsea predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Mendy; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner

Date and time: Saturday, October 31 at 3pm

Last meeting: Chelsea 3-0 Burnley

Chelsea squad: Edouard Mendy, Wilfredo Caballero, Karlo Ziger, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Ziyech, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi

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