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Lampard Laments Severe Chelsea Injury Crisis

Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard gestures throughout the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on December 14, 2019.
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Frank Lampard bemoaned on Friday the “worst injury” disaster among the many Premier League’s prime sides as his Chelsea staff put together to face Everton with as many as 9 frontline gamers unavailable.

“It hasn’t been spoken about that much but we’ve had probably the worst injury list of certainly the top group of the table I think, lots of numbers injured, important players injured, (N’Golo) Kante, (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek and others,” Lampard mentioned on Friday.

“We started the season that way and it’s happened again in the middle of the season. And we’re working against that to try to get the best results.”

Mateo Kovacic is out of Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge with an Achilles drawback whereas Brazil ahead Willian will face a late health take a look at on his personal Achilles subject.

Lampard revealed Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic performed in an “in-house game” at Chelsea’s coaching floor on Friday.

Jorginho begins a two-match league suspension, whereas Kante remains to be out with an adductor drawback, Andreas Christensen stays uncertain and Tammy Abraham is out together with his ankle criticism.

In the meantime Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered a recurrence of his hamstring harm in his first full coaching session again with Chelsea’s first staff.

“Callum had a re-injury, yesterday. We’re having a scan on him this afternoon. So he will be longer than expected,” Lampard mentioned.

“It’s tough, he wasn’t rushed back, and we had all the signs that he was fit to train. Then he re-injured it on his first training session with us.”

Lampard mentioned former Chelsea supervisor Carlo Ancelotti, now in cost at Everton, would obtain a heat reception on his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Chelsea boss mentioned he had loved working as a participant with the Italian throughout his spell on the London membership, which included Premier League and FA Cup triumphs.

“Very well-respected in-house and to the fans, I think a well-respected period at the club,” mentioned Lampard. “He’s a gentleman, a incredible supervisor.

“I beloved working with him personally. I feel he’ll get an incredible reception.”

AFP

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