Frank Lampard has confirmed two Chelsea players could miss the rest of the season due to injury.
Reece James underwent knee surgery earlier this season and has since been struggling with a hamstring problem, which he picked up against Real Madrid last Wednesday in the Champions League as Chelsea exited at the quarter-final stage.
Meanwhile, Mason Mount has been struggling with a pelvic injury since the beginning of March and has only featured once – 16 minutes against Brighton & Hove Albion – in Chelsea’s last seven Premier League games.
Now Lampard has confirmed the bad injury news which will see James miss the rest of the season, while there is slight hope, albeit it’s extremely unlikely, that Mount could return on the final day of the season against Newcastle United.
Ahead of their league clash versus Brentford, Lampard told reporters: “Reece James is unavailable, probably for the season. Mason Mount the same, potential for the last game of the season but probably not. That’s obviously disappointing for us.
“It’s a blow for all of us because they are big players.
“Reece had a hamstring injury that he picked up in the Madrid game and scanned it in the following days.
“Mason has been carrying this pelvic injury for quite a while, definitely pre-dates myself, so he’s been trying typically, medical staff have been trying.
“But we’ve got to a stage now where he will have minor surgery. Then, probably a four-week recovery where we know where that gets us to.”
Mount’s future at Chelsea is in doubt due to the midfielder not yet agreeing a contract extension amid interest from Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
Co-owner Todd Boehly a direct conversation with the 24-year-old last Friday, with the feeling positive, however the 13 minutes which Mount played against Real last week may have proved to be his final game for the club.
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