Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that there is currently no timeline for striker Tammy Abraham’s return to fitness.
Abraham picked up an ankle injury against Arsenal in January and, despite still suffering from the problem, the England international has largely continued to play.
The 21-year-old missed the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United earlier this month but played a total of 50 minutes in the win over Tottenham last weekend and the 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
However, Abraham hobbled out of Chelsea‘s warm-down following Tuesday’s game and speaking to reporters at a press conference, Lampard insisted that both he and the club’s medical staff are concerned.
“For Tammy, we are trying to find a solution, it’s obviously frustrating that he comes in and out somewhat,” the manager said.
Asked how long Abraham will be sidelined, Lampard added: “I don’t know, we need to see. I speak to the doctors every day about it but we are not actually clear on that one.
“At the minute he’s not doing anything active for the next couple of days. So I don’t know. And I don’t know how long that will be.”
Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi will all miss Chelsea’s trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.
But Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be back in the squad and could make his first appearance since having Achilles surgery in May.
“Ruben’s in the squad again tomorrow, we haven’t had great opportunity to get Ruben game time as much as we’d want,” said Lampard.
“I felt at Tottenham he could be an impact of some sort in the game, and that would have been great for him to get some minutes.
“Bayern was a different animal, so I took a different decision to get some good training in the week. But now he’s back in the squad.
“It’s a lonely place, it’s a long time. He was in a very good run of form last year. He was playing really well and getting confidence. And he hasn’t kicked a ball for me.
“With the ability he has got, I think he’s one of the most exciting English and Premier League players, so we all want him back.”
Chelsea follow up their match on the south coast with an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Liverpool, who have injury concerns of their own.
In other news, the latest European transfer rumours have linked Chelsea with a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
Aouar has emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in the game at Lyon and he has previously attracted interest from Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.