Sunday, March 1, 2020

"No clear return date for the likes of Pulisic and Abraham"

Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard has said the return date for the likes Pulisic, Abraham and Kante is not likely to be anytime soon.

The trio missed Saturday's 2-2 draw away at the Vitality Stadium to Bournemouth

"I am hoping [Callum] will be fit for next Sunday," Lampard said at Bournemouth. "Christian is the same as Tammy; there is no clear answer. [Tammy] went to Barcelona, to have a look at his ankle for some more advice on it.

"We will have to work around [Jorginho's suspensions in the league and Champions League], we have players who can play there. Kovacic finished in the holding role, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, there are solutions and there might be opportunities for other players.

"[Loftus-Cheek] may get in the Under-23s game on Monday, he missed the opportunity here, he had a small calf injury a week or two ago which stopped him playing in the Under-23s game that I wanted him to and I would like to see him complete a whole game.

"It wouldn’t be fair on him to bring him on for 15 minutes and it probably wouldn’t be the right thing for the team at the moment. Once he shows he can go through a game, he will probably be back in."

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