Frank Lampard confirms that Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham no longer has a trip to Bournemouth after worsening his ankle injury during the cool-down after the defeat of Bayern Munich
- Tammy Abraham will not play in the Chelsea game in Bournemouth on Saturday
- The striker exacerbated an ankle injury during the cool-down after the defeat of Bayern
- Abraham missed the United-game earlier this month with the same ankle problem
- Chelsea also misses N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic due to injuries
Frank Lampard has excluded Tammy Abraham indefinitely while Chelsea tries to overcome an ankle injury that has been haunting his top scorer for more than a month.
Abraham will not be involved against Bournemouth today and the English boss Gareth Southgate, without Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford and international friendships, will be worried.
“We are trying to find a solution,” Lampard said. “It is an ankle injury around the ligament.
Frank Lampard has confirmed that Tammy Abraham is not suitable for Chelsea’s trip to Bournemouth
The striker staggered away after a previous ankle injury got worse during Tuesday’s warm-up
“He has an inflammation and that causes pain, so we’re looking for ways to get rid of that pain. It is frustrating that he comes in and out, but he gets hurt. Sometimes things that have to do with the pain threshold are like that.
“If he is uncomfortable, he probably needs to come out for at least a few days to see where it is going. He is not active in the coming days. I don’t know how long he will be gone. “
Abraham suffered the injury late in a match against Arsenal on January 21 when he slipped into the billboards.
With all the substitutes used, he played on, played a FA Cup tie in Hull City and received a pain-killing injection to start the next Premier League match against Leicester – when the problem surfaced.
Lampard called on his players to produce a reaction to the heavy defeat of Bayern Munich
The 22-year-old missed Manchester United and came off the bench against Tottenham and Bayern Munich just for flaring up in the warm-up at Stamford Bridge after the 3-0 loss for Bayern on Tuesday.
Lampard confirmed that scans were clear and did not expect the problem to require surgery.
Abraham started the season in fertile form, but the manager still wanted a new striker during the January transfer window to ease the burden in midfield while aiming for a top-four finish.
Lampard believes that the Champions League qualification will be successful after a season with a transfer ban and the sale of Eden Hazard. “It’s a very dated sentence, when people say you’re Chelsea, there’s no way to be happy with the fourth,” Lampard added.
“No, the Premier League has changed. It’s not like it was for Manchester United players 15 or 20 years ago, or Chelsea players when we were first or second in the mid-2000s.
“It’s not like that anymore. The landscape has changed. Manchester City and Liverpool have set incredible standards in the competition and we have had some external influences with the ban and a huge player left the club. “
Midfielder Christian Pulisic also remains sidelined indefinitely at what Lampard called a “delicate injury” to his adductors.