Chelsea are back in Premier League action on Monday night and Tammy Abraham is a doubt for the Manchester United match.
The striker had to play through pain in the Blues’s last match of the campaign, and it’s likely he will do the same again at Stamford Bridge.
There is no doubt that Chelsea’s top scorer will want to play in the game, and Frank Lampard will want his man to be there as well.
Two players who certainly won’t feature are Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who are still not fit enough to play.
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“Christian Pulisic trained with the U23s today, which is hopefully a short period until he comes back into our training. He won’t be fit,” Lampard said.
“Ruben Loftus-Cheek won’t be fit for this game. He is getting closer and training a lot, he just needs more match fitness to be in consideration. It’s great to have him nearly back.
“Tammy Abraham is still feeling the effects, to be honest. We had to take him out of training a couple of times this week. He trained today, so again we’re hopeful. It’s to be assessed this weekend.”
For the last three Premier League matches, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have been the centre-back partnership for the Blues, and that is likely to continue.
Reece James is expected to start at right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta in the left-back position.
One question for Lampard will be who his midfield will be, and it’s likely that Lampard will go for the 4-3-3, having Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho as the starting players.
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