Frank Lampard has given injury updates on Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and other players.
Speaking about Pulisic who was a doubt for the game because of his hip injury, Lampard sounded confident.
“He didn’t go and we had full on communication with the States, manager Gregg Berhalter and their medical team,’ Lampard said at his pre-match press conference.. ‘They want their players for top games. He [Pulisic] had a problem going into Palace. He has trained again this midweek. He is in contention to play.’
Speaking about the availability of his midfielders who have been missing games in rotation, Lampard sounded optimistic.
I want it to be a positive issue’ he added. ‘We have Kovacic as well, it is great for me. ‘It is something we have done pretty well. We have had fluidity in our midfield. I think we can use them all collectively. ‘You have to give Jorginho the freedom to leave his position. He has a perception for the press.’
Chelsea still have Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus Cheek out injured.
Once they are back, Lampard can command a full strength squad at Chelsea.