Chelsea star Tammy Abraham faces uncertain future as Lampard explains transfer plans
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that the ankle injury suffered by Tammy Abraham is “frustrating” and could lead to the striker spending more time on the sidelines. The 22-year-old has been struggling to overcome the issue last month and has been on the bench for the Blues’ last two games.
Abraham is having a great season for the Blues and has scored 15 goals and provided six assists in 34 appearances in all competitions.
The youngster picked up an ankle issue against Arsenal last month and while he was working his way back to full fitness, he aggravated the injury during Tuesday’s defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
And now Lampard has admitted that he isn’t sure when his main goal-threat will be back in his starting XI.
“I don’t know. It’s an ankle injury,” Lampard said.
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“I can’t give you the proper doctor’s report. He has an ankle injury around the ligament.
“He has inflammation. It is causing pain so we are looking at ways to get rid of it.
“It’s been frustrating because we have seen him come back then go again.
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“Sometimes things that are about pain threshold are like that.
“If he is not comfortable he probably has to come out for a few days at least and see where it is going.”
The battle for a Champions League qualifying place is tightly contested this season and while Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League table on 44 points, there are six teams who are only seven points behind them.
The Blues have only won one of their last five league games and according to The Sun, Lampard has warned his younger players that they need to show more of their potential or risk being axed at the end of the season.
“There is a reason why we are where we are at the moment,” Lampard said.
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“We have not challenged in the Premier League for a couple of years.
“We have to fight and work as hard as we can on the training pitch and in games to close that gap.
“Come the summer, of course as a club we want to move forward and make some decisions.
“We are certainly on the same page here when I speak with the board.
“People say, ‘you are Chelsea, you should not be happy with fourth’. The Premier League has changed. It’s not like that any more.”
The 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge to Bayern has dented Lampard’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition, however, the young manager has admitted he wants to see a reaction from his players.
“For a full season to go back to back to back, it’s understandable there can be dips,” he said.
“All I want with them though, and push for, is to train at the absolute top levels every day.
“I actually don’t think of them as young. I know they are young, it is a consideration, but I don’t look at a game and think the young lads did well in that one and the old ones not so.
“Maturity will come for them, that’s why we have to give them some leeway this year, without a doubt. For Mason and Reece on Tuesday night it was a huge game for them in terms of their learning curve.
“I didn’t play in the Champions League until my mid-twenties and it was an uplift for me at that level.”
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