Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways as they host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, should the game go ahead as planned.
Currently, the contest is in doubt over fears of a Covid-19 outbreak within the City camp that led to their clash with Everton on Monday night being called off.
However, at the time of writing, the game is still on and poised to take place after Pep Guardiola’s side reopened their training ground, meaning Frank Lampard, the Chelsea head coach, will be working his players harder than ever to get themselves back on track after a period of one win in their last five games.
Monday’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.
Fortunately for Lampard, injuries are currently thin on the ground, meaning he has plenty of options to utilise. However, there are still a couple of issues he is battling against.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest Chelsea injury news.
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 soon. He also missed the clash with Villa 48 hours later.
However, Lampard has revealed that he could make a return to action against City on Sunday, should the game be played.
The Chelsea boss said: “There’s a possibility he could be fit for Manchester City if it goes ahead on Sunday.
“He’s certainly progressing to the point where he’s very close to fitness.”
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.
Elsewhere, Timo Werner was omitted from the starting line-up against Aston Villa, but the German was not injured as he emerged as a second half substitute for Olivier Giroud as Chelsea searched for a winner. The former RB Leipzig striker is fine and in contention for the Manchester City clash.
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