The Chelsea team news to face Manchester United in the Premier League has been confirmed by Frank Lampard.
They head to Old Trafford on Thursday night for their penultimate game of the 2022/23 season, with a draw enough for Man United to secure Champions League football for next season.
Lampard’s side will finish in the bottom half of the table and are now only playing for personal and club pride.
Chelsea will be without Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Armando Broja due to injury.
Chilwell was involved in team training on Wednesday, while Marc Cucurella is also still sidelined.
Benoit Badiashile is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, the club confirmed this week, with Lampard expressing his disappointment at the 22-year-old’s blow.
The 44-year-old said: “It’s a big blow for him. I’m really disappointed for him because he’s come here and impressed. The games before he got injured, I was very happy with him. He’s going to be a really good player for the club.
“The injury is unfortunate, it’s a bit of a complicated injury. We’re probably talking months rather than weeks, unfortunately. I hope, for him, the timing for him over the summer he’s not missing games and he comes back stronger.”
“Joao, had a small injury at the weekend, he’s back involved,” revealed Lampard.
Raheem Sterling wasn’t selected for England duty next month following discussions with Gareth Southgate. It was also revealed that he was suffering from a hamstring problem which could make him a doubt for Thursday’s clash.
Southgate admitted: “I spoke with him a week or so ago. A general catch-up. He’s not happy with his condition physically, carrying a hamstring problem. He wasn’t really in consideration. He doesn’t think he is operating at the level he needs.”
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