How Chelsea could line up vs Everton with Abraham to feature despite injury fears and Rudiger not fit enough to start – The Sun

CHELSEA bounced back from consecutive Premier League defeats against Aston Villa in midweek and now make the trip to Everton on Saturday.

Mason Mount’s winner on Wednesday came after Tammy Abraham opened the lead, but the striker came off injured 10 minutes from full-time.

Boss Frank Lampard confirmed the striker is in line to keep his place in the starting XI but defender Antonio Rudiger has not been passed fit to come back to the squad.

Lampard said: “Tammy Abraham is good. He hasn’t done much in between games. We will make sure of that in the morning but at the moment we’re good.

“Toni has had a really good week of training. We have had to get him some sort of match fitness which he has gone through this week.

“Tomorrow comes too soon but he’s had a great week and he’s on the verge.”

It means keeper Kepa will have the centre-half pairing of Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori in front of him, with Andreas Christensen set to lose his place in the team.

Lampard dropped deep-lying midfielder Jorginho against Villa but the Italian is in line to return and be paired with Frenchman N’Golo Kante.

Just ahead will be Mount, who netted a stunning volley at Stamford Bridge to secure the points midweek.

The England international will likely operate as a No10 in front of Kante and Jorginho.

Out wide Willian and Christian Pulisic should again occupy the wings with Abraham leading the line.

ROTATION?

Alternatively, Lampard could introduce Mateo Kovacic – a midfielder capable of playing in a defensive pair, or as part of a three.

Lampard had the Croatian lined up with Jorginho and Kante against champions Manchester City, but if Mount is to keep his place, the ex-Real Madrid star could drop back as a defensive midfielder.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has just two league starts this season, is fit to start from the off and could replace Pulisic – who has started the last six league games, scoring five goals.

Lampard has been impressed with Willian’s work on and off the ball so far this term, with the Brazilian becoming a regular in the line up.

But the winger gave way for Pedro in the 1-0 loss to West Ham, and the Spaniard is another option for the Blues boss.

Olivier Giroud also started that game, but did not take the rare opportunity to put pressure on Abraham.

Belgian Michy Batshuayi replaced Chelsea’s No9 against Villa, and would be the prime stand in if Lampard is to take precaution and rest the England forward.

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9am Chelsea news LIVE: Transfer ban outcome expected today, Forest drawn in FA Cup, Aston Villa build-up, Abraham injury – The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD'S Chelsea have now gone three games without a win.

And it is Aston Villa up next for the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, who ground out an impressive 2-2 draw at Man Utd on Sunday.

Follow ALL of the latest Blues news, updates and transfer gossip…

  • CHELSEA icon Pat Nevin believes fans shouldn't be panicking despite the club failing to win any of their last three games in all competitions.

    Writing for the Blues' website, he said: “Is it time to panic yet after these three results? Absolutely not, we certainly had as many decent chances as West Ham and the statistics were off the scale in our favour.

    “We had two-thirds of the possession and 19 shots on goal to five, though gauging by the TV highlights you might have thought it was the opposite way around!

    “No matter, if we keep those levels up then the majority of those type of games will end in the three points residing at Stamford Bridge.

    “The weakness at corners seemed to be creeping back in at the weekend, so Frank and Jody will look at that too, but overall it was the usual open style that the fans have been getting used to of late. There is no doubt that this open style will lead to some goals being lost.”

    Before adding: ” A win tomorrow against Villa will put a completely different spin on this period and we must remember the previous run of games was fantastic.

    “That is what Frank will be telling the team, even if up until now he would have been saying ‘Don’t get carried away with the results’. Now it will be more like, ‘Remember how good those results and performances were’. The same attitude and form again and we are most likely to go on yet another decent run, hopefully starting tomorrow.”

  • CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard knows what it is like to impress a footballing dad, having done so countless times with his own parent, Frank Sr, who is also a West Ham legend.

    So even Lampard Jr was happy for David Martin after the keeper's man-of-the-match debut for the Hammers at the age of 33 helped sink Chelsea 1-0.

    And Lamps knew how Martin’s father Alvin, with 471 league appearances, was feeling when he gave his son an emotional hug after David “did a Pat Cash” and jumped into the crowd.

    Lampard said: “I’m sure Alvin is very proud. To come in like he did with all the talk, his son played a very good game and it was great.

    “I was very happy for him. He has worked hard and got an opportunity to play for West Ham. To do as well as he did — we have to give credit.”

  • PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN superstar Kylian Mbappe finally got his dream selfie with Didier Drogba – TEN years after first being snubbed by the Ivorian legend.

    Mbappe, then ten-years-old, was present for Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in 2009.

    And the youngster wouldn't have believed his luck when, as a favour to a friend, Drogba agreed to take a picture with him after the game.

    But after a stormy and controversial encounter that saw Chelsea cruelly knocked out on away goals in the dying moments of the game.

    Drogba refused to take the picture, as he was too incensed – following FOUR big penalty appeals being turned down by referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.

    Ten years on, however, Drogba finally made good on his promise.

    The 41-year-old presented Mbappe with his award for coming sixth in this year's Ballon d'Or.

  • Didier Drogba is branching out in retirement. The Blues legend spent the evening with the great and good of world football at the Ballon D'or awards in Paris.

    It proved to be the perfect chance to make up for a 10 year debt which needed paying to a certain Kylian Mbappe.

  • Frank Lampard has been talking to the club website about the attacking options at his disposal.

    An injury concern for Tammy Abraham means Lampard will likely have to rely on his squad for the next few games.

    He even says he could be tempted to play Christian Pulisic as a striker going forward.

    Lampard said:‘We’ll see. He does have an ability to run behind the line, and to be sharp in central areas which will naturally get him more goals.”

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