Mason Mount has spoken for the first time after undergoing minor surgery which could him out for the remainder of the season.
The 24-year-old has been struggling with a pelvic issue and a decision was made alongside the Chelsea medical team for Mount to undergo a minor procedure to relieve the pain.
Caretaker boss Frank Lampard confirmed on Tuesday that the England international, whose future is uncertain at Stamford Bridge, could miss the rest of the season, however has a small chance of being in contention to face Newcastle United in the Premier League on the final day of the season.
“Potential for the last game of the season but probably not,” said Lampard. “That’s obviously disappointing for us.”
He added: “Mason has been carrying this pelvic injury for quite a while, it pre-dates myself. We’ve been trying and the medical staff have been trying but we’ve got to the stage now where he’ll have a minor surgery.
“Probably a four-week recovery and we know where that gets us to.”
Mount has taken to social media to offer an update on his condition after undergoing surgery on Tuesday prior to Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Brentford.
Offering an update, he took to Instagram to write: “Had a minor procedure yesterday to sort out a discomfort I had for a while. Everything went well and I’m feeling good. Time to rest but can’t wait to get back to training in the coming weeks!
“Thanks for all your messages of support and a massive thank you to the medical team, doctors and nurses for looking after me.”
Mount is the subject of heavy interest from several Premier League clubs this summer having not yet agreed a new contract at Chelsea, with his current deal expiring next summer.
Lampard refused to rule out whether or not Mount may have played his final game for Chelsea, leaving negotiations down to the midfielder and club to find a resolution one way or another.
He said: “I don’t know the answer to that (if he’s played his last game for Chelsea), it’s a conversation between Mason and the club, so I don’t know. It’s not final at this point and we’ll have to see because those conversations are ongoing.
“It’s a shame for me personally because I think everyone knows how I feel about working with Mason and I like to think he feels the same about me and we could have done with him in the games we’ve played already this season.
“But the bigger picture is something that’s going to become clearer in the next weeks and months, and that will be the club and Mason together having conversations.”
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