Frank Lampard has a few tough decisions to make for Chelsea’s Premier League game against Arsenal tomorrow night.
The Blues struggled in a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday evening, losing in the final minute of the game through an Isaac Hayden header.
But one of the most disappointing things was Reece James limping out of the game, however Frank Lampard is hoping the issue is not too bad for his young star.
“He’s got an injury to the back of his knee area, not as bas as it could have been or we maybe thought,” Lampard said.
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“He’s in contention for tomorrow but it will be a tight call to see how it settles down in the next 24 hours.
“He had injuries at the start of the season. But now it seems it’s not as bad as it could have been.
“I won’t absolutely count my chickens but hopefully he’ll be okay for tomorrow, if not the weekend.”
If James is fit then he certainly needs to start, with the youngster having been a shining light for the Blues in recent weeks.
Lampard spoke about needing to score more goals, and one of those going through a drought is Mason Mount, which would mean he could be on the bench.
The Blues boss could call on Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham once again to lead the line and try to get the Blues back to winning ways.
Mateo Kovacic has been on the bench for the past two Premier League games, however it’s likely he will come back into the starting XI to play next to N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
The other question will be at centre-back, with Lampard likely to try to keep some continuity and pick Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger once again.
Predicted Chelsea team (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian.