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Lampard suggests Abraham could return for Chelsea’s game with Aston Villa

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has suggested that Tammy Abraham could return from injury for the club’s meeting with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The club’s leading goalscorer missed last weekend’s defeat to West Ham with a hip problem, having been substituted during Chelsea’s Champions League draw at Valencia last week.

Abraham was in visible pain and was led away on a stretcher amid fears the 22-year-old could face an extended spell on the sidelines, though Lampard has suggested the forward is in contention for the midweek visit of Aston Villa, the striker having spent last season on loan at Villa Park.

“We are giving him every opportunity to play tomorrow,” the Chelsea boss said at his pre-match press conference. “We will make the call tomorrow, he has a little bit of pain. He was in good form, he is always keen, he is trying his best.”

There was, however, less positive news on the fitness of Ross Barkley and Antonio Rudiger, with both players unavailable for Wednesday’s clash.

Barkley will miss the encounter with Dean Smith’s side through illness, whilst Rudiger is still just over a week away from returning after an injury-plagued beginning to the season.

Lampard added: “Ross has been sick Monday night, not fit to be in the game. Rudiger we are hoping he will be available in a week to ten days.”

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