Chelsea hopeful of Tammy Abraham return for Aston Villa clash
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Blues forward has been out of action since damaging his hip.

However, Lampard is hopeful he can return against former club.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is praying for the quick return of injured striker Tammy Abraham. The 22-year-old has emerged as a star for the Blues this season and was sorely missed as they fell to a 1-0 home defeat against West Ham on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud deputised for his younger teammate at Stamford Bridge but laboured up front as Aaron Cresswell’s goal handed Manuel Pellegrini’s side a much-needed derby win. Chelsea face Aston Villa on Wednesday night and are hoping Abraham can add to his Premier League goals tally of 10 against the side he helped achieve promotion from the Championship last season.

Abraham pulled up with a hip injury in the 2-2 draw with Valencia last week and was not named in the squad to face West Ham on Sunday. Although Lampard struck a cautious tone after Saturday’s defeat, he sounded more positive in a press conference on Tuesday.

“We are giving him every opportunity to play tomorrow,” the Chelsea manager was quoted saying by Daily Mail. “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.”

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