Chelsea v Liverpool: Tammy Abraham absence a blow but Blues have bigger problems – Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer joins Ian Wright, Glen Johnson and Gary Lineker at Stamford Bridge for live coverage of Chelsea v Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round at 19:30 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is the latest England striker to be sidelined by injury and it is starting to seem like the position is jinxed.

I am still hoping to watch Abraham against Liverpool in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday but Chelsea manager Frank Lampard does not exactly sound optimistic that his ongoing ankle problem will allow him to play.

If it doesn’t get any better soon, it is going to affect his England chances too.

That would be a shame. Abraham has been struggling with this injury for the past four or five weeks but, bearing in mind this is his first season in the Premier League, I have been impressed by what I have seen from him.

After Chelsea’s draw with Leicester City at the start of February, I talked about him on Match of the Day, and said how his movement in the box could be better and how he should be more confident on his weaker left foot.

That being said, he is a player who I look at as someone who has all the tools he needs to get to the next level. And he is only 22, so he has got plenty of improvement left in him. I just hope he is back at 100% soon.

How will club and country cope without him?
Tammy Abraham scored his first senior international goal in England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro last November. He has won four caps in total since his debut against Germany in November 2017.

I would like to see Abraham get an opportunity against Italy and Denmark later this month and, if he is fit, I am sure he will.

He is not going to be England’s first-choice striker unless there are injuries to the players ahead of him, but that is exactly what has happened.

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