Chelsea beat Reading 1-0 thanks to Pedro goal as Kante and Loftus-Cheek take part too ahead of Premier League return

N’GOLO KANTE gave Chelsea a huge boost ahead of their Premier League return by featuring in Wednesday’s friendly against Reading.

The midfielder has only just returned to full contract training at Cobham after getting personal leave due to fears over coronavirus.

N’Golo Kante played as Chelsea beat Reading 1-0
Pedro scored the only goal at Cobham on Wednesday

But Kante was fully immersed in today’s match, meaning he is set to be available for Chelsea’s first Premier League game back against Aston Villa.

A low-key friendly at Chelsea’s training base saw Frank Lampard’s men run out 1-0 winners thanks to a strike from veteran winger Pedro.

He looks set to leave this summer when his deal expires.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be set for his first appearance of the season against Aston Villa
Tammy Abraham is Chelsea’s top scorer this season

But there was another boost for Chelsea as Ruben Loftus-Cheek took part in the game.

He hasn’t appeared once this season after suffering a serious injury before last year’s Europa League final.

And Lampard could have a real headache over his midfield with youngster Billy Gilmour also firmly in the mix after taking part against Reading.

Mateo Kovacic has come on leaps and bounds during his second season
Olivier Giroud will be hoping to keep his place in the team

Indeed, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley also played today.

Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud led the line on separate occasions, although there was no sign of Michy Batshuayi.

Callum Hudson-Odoi also didn’t appear to be involved, with Pedro joined by Willian and Christian Pulisic on the wings.

Willian looks set to leave Chelsea when his deal expires this summer
Mason Mount has enjoyed a fine first season in the senior squad

In defence, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori were all seen holding the fort.

Meanwhile, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso were both snapped taking part, with Reece James and Emerson both appearing to miss out.

Keep Arrizabalaga was also seen to be involved, and at one stage was on the bench.

That may suggest Willy Caballero has a shot of featuring between the sticks against Villa.

Some of Chelsea’s stars know they will be playing for their futures when the season resumes.

Lampard has already signed up Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech and is nearing a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

Christian Pulisic was in sparkling form before succumbing to injury earlier this year
Billy Gilmour looks set to be Chelsea’s next big hit

Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz could be the next star to move to Stamford Bridge.

And Lampard also wants to raid Leicester for left-back Ben Chilwell.

The Chelsea boss could even bring in a new keeper, with Ajax’s Andre Onana linked.

Vice-captain Jorginho has been linked with a move to Juventus
Ross Barkley could be left sweating over his future if Chelsea sign Kai Havertz


By: Anthony Chapman
Title: Chelsea beat Reading 1-0 thanks to Pedro goal as Kante and Loftus-Cheek take part too ahead of Premier League return
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Published Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 17:31:00 +0000

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