Antonio Rüdiger ruled out of Chelsea run-in after knee surgery

Antonio Rüdiger ruled out of Chelsea run-in after knee surgery

Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he is anxious ahead of tonight's game with Frankfurt with Chelsea's defensive problems growing.

Rudiger underwent surgery on his meniscus this week after limping out of Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, and Sarri confirmed that he expects the Germany global to be sidelined for at least three months.

Sarri explained: "Cahill is out with a problem with his Achilles tendon". "We hope to recover him [Cahill] in one week". He has been out for four or five days.

"We are facing a superior opponent, but we should also like that", said Huetter.

Chelsea now have just two fit centre-backs, although full-back Cesar Azpilicueta can cover there. We may or may not have the transfer ban, but it is not in our (the players') hands.

Eintracht have impressed on the continent as they chase their first European final since winning the UEFA Cup - the forerunner to the current Europa League - in 1980, seeing off highly-fancied Benfica in the previous round despite having to play with 10 men for 70 minutes of the first leg.

Azpilicueta was deployed as a central defender by Sarri's predecessor Antonio Conte to great success for two seasons at Chelsea, and the Spaniard is confident that he can do a solid job there again if required. "So I'm ready for it". "I've played centre-back for Chelsea and the national team".

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The Chelsea captain has experience playing in the middle of the back line and is capable of playing there, but his preferred position is out on the right.

However, he is certain if Eintracht Frankfurt put their best on the table, they will be a very hard side to beat over the two legs, which has already been proven this season. "I'm ready for whatever".

The 26-year-old first suffered a problem to his left knee in the defeat at Liverpool on April 14, with a recurrence last weekend ruling the centre-back out for at least three months. We tried to arrive at the end of the season, but the injury was there.

"He was unlucky, but the situation without or with the match was the same". "Of course the Europa League is a very important trophy".

"I'm ready to play wherever the manager needs me to play", said Azpilicueta.

"I respect Eintracht very much", said Sarri.