Ahead of his side’s encounter against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has delivered an update on the availability of Reece James and Hakim Ziyech while shedding light on whether or not the club will be active in the January transfer window.
Although Manchester have recorded new Covid-19 cases, with Guardiola confirming that 5 new players will be unavailable for the trip to Chelsea, Frank Lampard has indicated that his team are preparing in the best possible way for the game.
But the coach will be unable to call on right back, Reece James, who is still nursing a hamstring injury. The player missed the club’s monday night game against Aston Villa and is set to be out of the team when Manchester City visit.
But while James will not be available, Frank Lampard has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech has started training and could return against Guardiola’s men. It will be the first time the Moroccan international will be included in a match day squad since coming off in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Leeds United with a hamstring injury.
“Reece James is out, he’s got a small hamstring problem,” said Lampard.
On Ziyech, the he added: ‘He’s fit to train and has trained the last two or three days so I’ll have to make the decision on whether he’s ready to start.’
Lampard on January transfer window
With the January transfer window opening tomorrow, Frank Lampard was quizzed on the possibilities of players leaving or coming in at the club during his pre match press conference.
‘I have ideas,’ said Lampard. ‘We have a big squad, we’ll have to see if that changes, if there are opportunities for players who aren’t playing so much. That will be a conversation between the player, club and myself.
‘Then we’ll see if we can strengthen in the right way, but we’re not jumping up and down to do so. My focus this year is purely on work because we have new players, because we have young players, so I’m focusing on that. But we’ll see, it’s a long month.’