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James, Ziyech, Abraham: Chelsea team news and injury updates ahead of Man City clash

Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa was the latest setback in what has been a troublesome few weeks for the Blues, meaning they will be desperate to get 2021 off to a winning start on Sunday.

Frank Lampard’s side welcome Manchester City to Stamford Bridge, with the visitors having an extra few days of rest after their game against Everton on Tuesday was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

At the time of writing, City have reopened their training ground and undergone another round of testing, and the game against Chelsea is on as it stands.

With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest injury news for the Blues ahead of the game.

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Reece James

Right-back James missed the 1-1 draw with Villa because of a fresh hamstring problem, Lampard confirmed after the game.

Although this fresh injury setback ruled the England defender out of the contest, he was going to be replaced by Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta anyway, as Lampard opted to rotate his pack.

However, despite suffering from a recent knee problem, Lampard confirmed that the youngster had suffered a hamstring complaint.

“Reece James has got a small hamstring issue, not saying that’s why Azpi played, I probably would’ve played him anyway,” Lampard explained.

The extent of the injury is currently unknown, meaning it remains unclear whether or not he could make a return against City.

Hakim Ziyech

Though Lampard delivered bad news on James following the clash with Villa, the Chelsea boss was able to deliver a more encouraging update on the condition of Ziyech.

The Moroccan international has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United on December 5.

Originally, it was hoped that the midfield architect would have returned for Boxing Day’s clash with Arsenal, though that date proved to be too…

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