Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has urged Michy Batshuayi to take his chance with Tammy Abraham sidelined through injury.
The Blues’s number nine took a heavy blow into the advertising boards during the 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Tuesday night and needed help off the pitch at full-time.
Lampard confirmed that Abraham had not fractured his foot but that the full extent of the England international’s injury was not yet known.
Abraham will be out of the FA Cup clash with Hull City tomorrow evening, which means Batshuayi will have a rare opportunity to start for the Blues.
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The Belgian is yet to start a Premier League or Champions League game this season, with his starts coming in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup matches.
The Blues have been linked with strikers throughout the January window so far, while Olivier Giroud is still set to make his Stamford Bridge exit this month.
And Lampard has urged the striker to take his opportunity to cement a place in the starting XI.
“He starts tomorrow. Yes this is a chance for him,” Lampard said. “Part of that has been how Tammy’s been, we have seen his breakthrough and and the consistency of his game.
“But yes, this is a chance for him and clearly he certainly has got to take that chance in terms of his all-round game and goals and his overall performance.
“There have been times this season where he has come on and he has made a difference, and that needs to be consistent.
“I don’t want to sit here and dissect Michy’s game but I just want to see a performance tomorrow and every time he gets to be on the pitch.
“To be fair to Michy his approach and work ethic, I cannot complain about it at all in training.
“I’m sure he will say he hasn’t had that many opportunities that would be normal for a player…