Willian offers Chelsea injury boost ahead of Super Cup, spotted boarding plane for Liverpool clash (Watch footage)

Chelsea fans received some cheering news on Monday as Willian was spotted boarding the plane with the rest of the Chelsea squad jetting off to Istanbul for Super Cup showdown against Liverpool.

The Brazilian winger missed Sunday’s bruising 4-0 defeat in Frank Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge.

According to the Sun, Willian could be back in action for the Blues this week after recovering from the hamstring injury which he picked up during the Copa America.

Chelsea’s newest No.10 is evidently fit enough to travel and hopefully fit enough to play at least some part in the game in Turkey.

Willian has been working separately from the main group as he tried to regain full fitness following his return from the Copa America.

Chelsea need experience on the field.

Lampard’s side looked light at Manchester United.

But Willian can provide balance after a poor opening weekend defeat at Old Trafford.

Blues boss Lampard said afterwards: “I believe we have really talented young players but, let’s be clear, with the injuries we have and the fact we couldn’t bring in players, this is a work in progress – to a degree.

“We will have to learn harsh lessons and correct them pretty quickly.”

Chelsea will be back in Premier League action at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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Russia Premier League(5th Round): Lokomotiv Moscow crush FC Ural

Lokomotiv Moscow defeated FC Ural 4-0 on Sunday to hand themselves 5th position on the Russia Premier League table with 10 points.

Lokomotiv shot into the lead in the 17th minute through Fedor Smolov, and in the 28th minute Rifat Zhemaletdinov doubled Yuri Semin’s team.

In the 76th minute, Grzegorz Krychowiak consolidated Lokomotiv lead. Alexei Miranchuk took the match out of the reach of the visitors in the 78th minute when broke into the penalty area of ​​the “Ural” from the right flank and shot into the far corner of the visitors’ goal.

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Jose Mourinho rules Chelsea, Manchester United out of Premier League title challenge, identifies likely winners

Jose Mourinho has ruled out his former sides Chelsea and Manchester United from a potential shot at the Premier League title, naming the four teams he believes can mount a title challenge this season. –

The Portuguese manager, making his Sky Sports punditry debut, was questioned about who he believed could lift the coveted trophy in May.

And Mourinho even revealed he believed Manchester City’s substitutes would be more likely to triumph than the two giants he once managed – and that Tottenham could also be in with an outside chance, the Daily Mail reports.

He said: ‘Four [teams can win the title]. Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City B team. The players that were not already involved, I think the [City] B team could fight for the title.

‘I think if one of the teams plays magnificent today, I don’t believe they are going to resist in the title race. I don’t see also Arsenal to resist to a title race. Last season was phenomenal but I think Tottenham has to join it.’

Mourinho also explained that he believes both City and Liverpool will be strong enough to fend off the chasing pack, although he hopes that the two sides’ rivals can one day return to the top level.

‘We would love United, Chelsea and Arsenal to also be at that level,’ Mourinho said. ‘It would be something incredible. Sometimes unpredictable things can happen. Who knows?

‘But I think we all agree, we are speaking about a team that won everything in England, we are speaking about the European champion and the European runner-up. Then we are talking about United sixth, and playing Europa League and Arsenal fifth and Europa League too.’

The former Blues boss also thinks that Frank Lampard’s side will be able to negate the effects caused by the club’s transfer ban, but admitted that his first television appearance back in England wasn’t an easy one.

He added: ‘If someone who could answer a transfer ban it’s Chelsea. They can get Zouma, Abraham. If that happens to another club it would be much more difficult to organise a difficult squad.

‘So I hope that something great happens with them [Chelsea]. I come just for the game and just to learn and listen to their opinions. You have to say it’s not an easy debut for me.’