Things aren’t looking bright for Frank Lampard at Chelsea at the moment. After a brilliant start of the season that saw the revival of Chelsea as an extremely talented young squad, the injuries have finally started to catch up.
Frank Lampard famously noticed at the start of the January transfer window that he couldn’t play the same squad week and week out and he will need reinforcements only for his request to fall into the deaf ears of Chelsea board led by Marina Granovskaia. With almost half of the squad in the medical room, Lampard’s concerns were not unfounded and with a top-four position slowly slipping from his grip, his frustration can be clearly understood.
The Blues face Tottenham next on Saturday in a game that will prove crucial in the race for the top-four before welcoming Bayern Munich in the Champions League next Tuesday.
The pressure is mounting on Lampard following a run of just one win in the previous six Premier League games – and he heads into the biggest week of his reign at the club sweating on the fitness of a number of key players.
N’Golo Kante, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Andreas Christensen and Christian Pulisic are all rated as doubts for this weekend’s Premier League clash against Tottenham.
Kante’s fitness will be Lampard’s biggest concern after the midfielder suffered a suffered adductor injury in Monday’s loss to Manchester United and is set to miss Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge. He is also a major doubt for next week’s Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich.
First-choice striker Abraham is also facing a race against time to prove his fitness for the game against Spurs due to a foot injury, but there is more optimism he could be ready for the game against Bayern.
Hudson-Odoi missed the game against United with a hamstring injury and is expected to be absent for this weekend, while Christensen suffered a broken nose against Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s men – but could be available for the club’s crucial week if they fit him with a face mask.
Pulisic has missed the previous six week with a groin problem is short of match fitness and will be assessed ahead of the weekend.