Chelsea’s academy star Tino Anjorin joined the first-team training session and could make his Champions League debut against Krasnodar, with Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi out of contention.
The two wingers suffered hamstring injuries, which is a common theme across the league due to hectic schedules.
Aside from Christian Pulisic, who is the only natural winger left in the squad at the moment, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz or even Mason Mount could possibly operate on the opposite flank.
However, this will also increase the injury risks for some of these players, which is the opposite of what Lampard wants from Wednesday’s game.
“Certainly no injuries,” Lampard told reporters in his press conference on Monday about his targets for the game (via Chelsea’s official website).
“And some minutes for people who have not played as much as they would want and to show they deserve to play more, and to gain some more match fitness.”
Anjorin as an alternative winger option
This is where Anjorin could come into the picture.
The 19-year-old took part in the senior team’s training session on Monday and could be in contention for Wednesday’s dead rubber.
Bear in mind, Chelsea have already secured top spot in Group E after the 4-0 win against Sevilla last week.
Anjorin made his senior debut in the League Cup in September last year and made his Premier League debut six months later in the 4-0 win over Everton.
He is naturally an attacking midfielder but has recently played as a winger for the development squad, including in the FA Youth Cup final against Manchester City U23s last month.