Chelsea players were given two days off following last Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers because Frank Lampard felt several of his stars showed signs of fatigue at Molineux.
The first-team squad spent Wednesday and Thursday at home and they reconvened at Cobham on Friday with Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi taking part in training for the first time since hamstring injuries.
It is unclear if either will be fit enough to play against West Ham United on Monday night, with Reece James almost certainly out after a scan on a knee injury that flared up in defeat to Wolves.
Lampard said that it was time for a reboot post-Molineux and he spent the second of those days off sorting his Christmas shopping.
“We gave the players a couple of days off,” the head coach said. “They needed it. I thought they looked a bit tired at the end of the Wolves game and no wonder.
“Their input has been great to this point of the season, they’ve played a lot, but those two days gave us all a little bit of a chance, especially after a defeat, to have a bit of a reboot.
“And I got pulled into the Christmas stuff [on Thursday] – mostly online, I’ve not travelled too much. With a busy schedule, people might not get as many wrap ups as the may normally do.”
As for the fitness of Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi, Lampard added: “[Friday was] their first day back with the group, training at a decent level, so I’ll have to see how they are if they are to make West Ham.”