Frank Lampard has confirmed that Tammy Abraham will miss Chelsea’s clash with West Ham this weekend, having been stretchered off during the club’s Champions League draw with Valencia in midweek due to a hip injury.
Abraham landed awkwardly after challenging with Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay and was in visible pain, the 22-year-old led away on a stretcher following his withdrawal.
Lampard has revealed the club are awaiting results to discover the extent of the problem, but confirmed the club’s top scorer will be absent for this weekend’s London derby meeting with West Ham at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on the extent of the injury at his pre-match press conference, Lampard said: “We’ll know by the end of the weekend. He’s got some pain so won’t be involved tomorrow and we’ll see by Monday.”
Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are amongst the candidates to fill the void left by Abraham’s injury, and Lampard insists he is confident in either forward and says the duo are ready to step up.
“It’s a squad game over the course of the season. The lads have been training well no matter how many minutes they’re getting,” Lampard added.
“Every day is a work day so when opportunities come they’re ready, so I’ve got all confidence in them.”
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City when they face Manuel Pellegrini’s struggling side tomorrow. West Ham are currently on a run of seven Premier League fixtures without a win.
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