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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will not have the services of Antonio Rudiger for another month because of injury.
The German had surgery on his groin problem on Tuesday. He played just 45 minutes of first-team football this season.
Rudiger had been expected to make his comeback this week but aggravated the injury and saw a specialist on Monday when surgery to sort out the problem was decided upon.
The 26-year-old is now expected to be out until at least the end of November.