Frank Lampard unsure on severity of Tammy Abraham injury but insists Chelsea have players to cover

Tammy Abraham
Tammy Abraham suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty Images)

Tammy Abraham suffered an ankle injury in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday night although just how long he will be out of action for is not yet clear.

The England international played the full 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, but appeared to be in pain towards the end of the match after a strange collision with the advertising hoardings.

The 22-year-old seemed to put his feet out to stop his momentum carried him off the pitch behind the goal, but the impact left him in pain on the ground.

He got through the rest of the match, but was limping at the end and his manager, Frank Lampard, says they are waiting to learn how serious the injury is.

‘He had ice on his ankle, but we don’t know yet,’ said Lampard.

‘I hope he’s not (out for several weeks), but then if he is then yes, we do have the players to cope.

‘But we can’t finish. We get into the box and we could have had three or four goals today. We are having shots, having crosses and lots of ‘ooh’ moments for the crowd.

‘But we have to be clinical. Do we need to put the ball in the back of the net more? Yes. That’s clear. Our chance conversion is one of the worst in the league.’

The Chelsea manager’s assessment of his team came after they had 19 shots to Arsenal’s two in the 2-2 draw as the likes of Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and substitute Michy Batshuayi all spurned good opportunities.

Arsenal were down to 10 men after just 26 minutes when David Luiz was sent off for hauling down Abraham in the box, but they only needed two chances for Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin to convert.

Batshuayi would be the likely replacement up front for Chelsea in Abaraham’s absence as Olivier Giroud looks set to leave the club before the end of the month.

Michy Batshuayi
Batshuayi missed a good chance against Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

If Abraham’s injury is worse than first feared then Chelsea may look to keep hold of Giroud, but Lampard said before the game against Arsenal that he was happy to let the Frenchman leave.

‘I think with Oli, it’s clear that in Tammy we’ve had a striker that’s broken through this season and done really well and played a lot of games,’ said the Blues boss.

‘So there hasn’t been much opportunity for Oli. Now we get to January and I respect Oli as I’ve said in recent weeks.

‘If it’s his intention or it’s right for him to go and play games and it feels right for us as a club, then I think it’s a club and Oli and me situation where I don’t’ want to hold someone here who has that feeling.

‘Then there are obviously ways about how I see the game and how I want us to play on and off the ball and all those little decisions I have to make week in, week out so I suppose that’s where we’re at.’

Bashuayi is yet to start a Premier League game this season, scoring once in his 14 substitute appearances, while Giroud has not scored in the league this campaign.

Chelsea are in FA Cup action on Saturday at Hull before returning to the Premier League at Leicester seven days later.

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