Chelsea manager Frank Lampardhas ruled out five players for the Premier League clash against Everton on Sunday.
Speaking to the media ahead of the match, Lampard admitted Chelsea’s injury problems have been very frustrating and said it has been worse than any other team at the “top table” in the Premier League.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic had played in an in-house game but they are still trying to find match fitness.
Mateo Kovacic will miss the game after suffering an Achilles injury at Liverpool game, while Willian who suffered a similar injury will be assessed before the game.
This means Chelsea will possibly be without eight first-team players. It includes N’Golo Kante who has been missing since the Manchester United game in February due to an abductor injury and Jorginho who faces a two-game suspension after picking up his 10th yellow card in the Premier League game against Bournemouth.
Lampard is running out of options
With these injuries, Lampard might be forced to deploy a 3-4-3 formation since Chelsea are really lacking personnel in the midfield.
Billy Gilmour who starred in the Liverpool game will likely start alongside Ross Barkley in midfield. Mason Mount will have to fill the left-wing role if Willian has to miss out, with Pedro on the opposite side.
Olivier Giroud has claimed the striker spot in the starting line-up in the last four games and looks likely to keep it for the weekend’s game.