Chelsea’s woes mount as Lampard confirms Reece James injury/Hakim Ziyech latest

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Chelsea’s woes mount as Lampard confirms Reece James injury/Hakim Ziyech latest

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard this evening provided updates on the fitness of both Reece James and Hakim Ziyech, on the back of his side’s defeat to Aston Villa.

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The Blues welcomed Dean Smith’s men to Stamford Bridge a short time ago, for their latest Premier League outing.

Chelsea of course headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, on the back of a dismal spell of form of late.

The capital giants had fallen to defeat in 3 of their prior 4 league outings before this evening, a run which saw Lampard’s outfit slip to 8th in the English top-flight table.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Andrew Boyers - Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Andrew Boyers – Pool/Getty Images)

When all was said and done in southwest London a short time ago, however, the Pensioners again failed to get things back on track.

Olivier Giroud did hand Chelsea the lead late in the first-half, after getting on the end of Ben Chilwell’s delivery from the left to nod home a trademark header.

Villa, though, soon worked their way back into proceedings, levelling things up shortly after the interval through Anwar El-Ghazi.

The two sides exchanged chances as the ensuing 40 minutes played out, but, upon the final whistle sounding, neither had managed to bag an all-important 2nd, as the clash played out into a 1-1 stalemate.

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James & Ziyech latest

Chelsea’s failure to get back to winning ways, in turn, could see the Blues fall a full 6 points adrift of the Premier League’s top-4, once those sitting clear of Frank Lampard’s men have played out their fixtures in hand.

Their latest disappointing result, however, comes as far from the only concern for the capital outfit on Monday night.

Speaking to the media on the back of proceedings coming to a close at Stamford Bridge, Lampard was inevitably drawn on Reece James’ surprise absence from his matchday squad to take on Villa.

And the Chelsea boss went on to confirm that his first-choice right-back has picked up a hamstring injury:

Later in his press conference, meanwhile, Lampard also provided an update on Hakim Ziyech.

Moroccan international Ziyech has missed the club’s last 6 outings, after picking up a hamstring injury versus Leeds earlier this month.

In a timely boost for all associated with the Blues, though, the former Ajax man could return to action this weekend, when Chelsea are scheduled to take on Covid-19-hit Manchester City:

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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 15 17 32
2 Everton FC 15 7 29
3 Leicester City FC 15 9 28
4 Manchester United FC 14 7 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 11 26
6 Manchester City FC 14 9 26
7 Aston Villa FC 13 14 25
8 Chelsea FC 15 13 25
9 Southampton FC 15 6 25
10 West Ham United FC 15 2 22
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 15 -5 21
12 Leeds United 15 -5 20
13 Newcastle United FC 14 -7 18
14 Crystal Palace FC 15 -9 18
15 Arsenal FC 15 -4 17
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 15 -6 13
17 Burnley FC 14 -12 13
18 Fulham FC 15 -10 11
19 West Bromwich Albion 15 -19 8
20 Sheffield United FC 15 -18 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 10
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 8
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 6
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 5
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 5
El Ghazi, Anwar Aston Villa FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5

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