Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed Tammy Abraham will be missing when the Blues welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The forward suffered a hip injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Valencia on Wednesday.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Lampard officially ruled Abraham out of the clash with the Hammers, saying: “We’ll know by the end of the weekend [how long he will be out]. He’s got some pain. He won’t be involved tomorrow, and we will see by Monday.

“It’s a squad game over the course of a season. The lads have been training well. Every day is a work day, so when opportunities come they’re ready. I have full confidence in them.”

The absence of Abraham will be difficult to fill, with the England international currently the second-highest scorer in the Premier League with ten strikes.

Either Michy Batshuayi or Olivier Giroud will replace the youngster and Lampard refused to give any update on which one he will pick.

Meanwhile, the Blues did receive some good news, with Antonio Rudiger and Ross Barkley both returning to training.

Michy Batshuayi is expected to beat Olivier Giroud to a place in the starting lineup
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However, Rudiger is not yet ready to play against West Ham, with Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori expected to continue their burgeoning partnership in front of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta were the two full-backs in midweek and are expected to continue.

Mason Mount is likely to come back into midfield at the expense of Mateo Kovacic, with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho retaining their places.

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The in-form Christian Pulisic and Willian will line up on the flanks, with Callum Hudson-Odoi unlikely to recover from a thigh strain in time.

Batshuayi is also expected to earn a starting berth over Giroud in Abraham’s absence.

Expected Chelsea lineup: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Cesar Azpilicueta; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Willian, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic; Michy Batshuayi

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