Mason Mount could feature for Chelsea when they take on Liverpool on Sunday despite picking up an injury during Tuesday’s Champions League defeat by Valencia.
Mount, the England midfielder, was bright in the opening stages but had to be withdrawn early on after being on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Francis Coquelin.
Though he tried to run the knock off, he was unable to recover and Frank Lampard made the decision to remove Mount from the game, which the Blues went on to lose 1-0.
The result means Lampard remains waiting for his first home win as Chelsea manager, a win he could claim this weekend when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool visit.
And Mount may be ready to play in Sunday’s clash, Lampard confirmed during his pre-match press conference.
“He has got a chance [of playing],” said Lampard. “We saw the image of the tackle made it look bad.
“We are trying to get him moving today, I will have to make the call before the game. His attitude is good so he will give everything to play.
“There was a lot of swelling; it didn’t look the best. If there is proper damage you can’t do much.
“We won’t take any risks, there is a bigger picture, we will do our best.”
Lampard also discussed Chelsea’s other injury news, his first few months as manager, and the confirmation that Callum Hudson-Odoi has committed his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.
You can read the best bits from his press conference, below…
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On Kante’s return from injury
“It is a boost, we know the importance of him. The question is how fit he is. He has played a couple of games, but he missed pre-season. Istanbul was miraculous. Now we have to manage him.
“I am delighted to work with him and if he can bring a positive for us then I will take it into consideration.”
On Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new contract
“I spoke to Callum in pre-season; I made him aware I want him to be part of the plans.
“The club have worked hard, so has he and it’s what everyone wanted. It was away from me slightly but I made it clear I wanted him at the club. Now it’s signed it is where the hard work starts. We know the talent he has, I think there is a lot more.
“A lot of the talk was before me, hopefully can look at the other younger players getting their opportunities. You talk about Tammy [Abraham] and Mason… it is a nice thing to see and we can put that to bed and start the work.”
On Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup defeat by Liverpool
“It showed that we can compete with one of the best teams in the country. It’s a new game and if you aren’t at your best then they are a team who will punish you.”
“I respect him hugely and it was a nice thing going up against him in the Super Cup. He doesn’t mess about and quite rightly has got the success he deserves.
“If he talked about individual players then that is great for them, but they need to use that to get even better.”
On his first few months as Chelsea manager
“Hard work, I expected that. It’s a club that I love and I feel at home. It’s great to be around familiar faces. I am working towards that.
“I have seen signs of improvement and it is good to see that. I am in the moment, and I am working towards something.”
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