Chelsea caretaker manager Frank Lampard suggested young striker David Datro Fofana could make his first-team return in Wednesday’s clash with Arsenal.
Fofana‘s recent lack of involvement amid Chelsea’s goal drought certainly raised some eyebrows.
The 20-year-old may yet to reach a level where he should start regularly at Chelsea, but he is still one of the few natural goalscorers in their squad.
Fofana has made three appearances for Chelsea since his arrival in January, including his full Premier League debut against Southampton in February.
However, he was hooked at half-time in that game and since then, he has not even made the bench.
Instead, Fofana had to play two games with the development squad in March, in which he scored a goal.
It is therefore quite a surprise that Lampard mentioned the former Molde striker’s possible inclusion against Arsenal.
“Kai Havertz is in contention for the game, he’s trained this week,” said Lampard in Monday’s press conference when speaking about his striker options for the trip to the Emirates Stadium.
“We’ll see who starts. I’ve got [Pierre-Emerick] Auba, I’ve got Kai, I’ve got David Fofana.
“I’m not going to divulge the team but they’re all fit and ready.”
Unfortunately for Fofana, the possibility of his return arguably remains slim.
Havertz recently recovered from an injury and has mostly been the team’s first-choice number nine this season.
Aubameyang also featured for 45 minutes in the second half in the last defeat to Brentford.