Frank Lampard dealt injury blow as Chelsea star ruled out for almost a month

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been hit with another major injury blow with Emerson out of action for nearly a month.

The Italy full-back made his comeback from a thigh injury in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool, but limped off after only 14 minutes.

Chelsea face League 2 Grimsby tonight in the Carabao Cup still looking for their first home win under Lampard, and the Blues manager said: “Emerson now won’t be back until the other side of the international break. It will be a few weeks because it is the re-occurrence of an injury so we have to be careful with it.”

Lampard though will see winger Callum Hudson-Odoi make his comeback after an Achilles tendon operation at the end of last season, and young defender Reece James will make his debut tonight.

The Chelsea manager has told his club’s fans that they will need to be patient with his young side, saying: “This is a club with a ban that has lost Eden Hazard, and two strikers from last year in Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.

“Now we have younger players who I think the fans are very ready to be patient with. And they will need to be. But at the same time the rules remain the same.

“If you show passion and fight and desire to play for the club, as we showed on Sunday against Liverpool, then fans will respect that whether you win, lose or draw.

“Chelsea fans are smart. The older fans have seen a lot and those from the more modern era have seen a lot with different managers and different styles, but they are now in a position where they are really behind us.

“The biggest thing for me from Sunday was the character of the team, the fight shown towards the end of the game.

“Some things take a bit of time with a new manager and new ideas – but I saw a lot of signs of us switching the play and being quicker in moving the ball.

“That is something fans appreciate, when the ball is moving a lot and quickly, with switches and crosses, making opportunities within the box.

“Against Liverpool that is not easy and we did it.”

Lampard will also be without centre-back Andreas Christensen for at least a week with a knee problem picked up in the Liverpool game.


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