Frank Lampard dealt Tammy Abraham injury blow as Chelsea reduced to bare bones

Frank Lampard has confirmed Tammy Abraham will not be fit in time for Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Hull after suffering an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

The injury occurred when Abraham collided with advertising hoardings at the side of the pitch and he initially tried to continue.

However, he was in evident pain for the remainder of his time on the pitch and was seen limping away from Stamford Bridge after the game.

Speaking in his most recent press conference, Lampard revealed that Abraham would be missing at the weekend but he could be fit in time for the game against Leicester next week.

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“The good news is he hasn’t fractured anything, we were worried about a hairline fracture,” he said.

“The other news is we still have to see how he develops. It’s not a clear-cut one.

“He’s not fit for the weekend, but whether he’ll be fit for Leicester next week I’m still not sure. So I haven’t got great news. It’s still not clear at the moment.”

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Lampard has been desperate to sign a striker this window precisely because he was worried about relying too much on Abraham.

Currently, Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are the Blues’ main backups but they have only netted one Premier League goal between them all season and Giroud is expected to depart before the end of the month.

As a result, Lampard has once again reiterated his desire to sign a new striker, saying: ”The impetus to bring in a striker or players potentially that can get on the end of these chances we’re creating is there, and we have to be really honest about that.

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