October 5, 2023

Frank Lampard has suffered several injuries ahead of Chelsea’s match against Manchester City this weekend. The Blues may welcome back Kalidou Koulibaly, but they will be without Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Mason Mount, and Marc Cucurella.

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Pep Guardiola’s side will host Lampard’s side at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, only four days after earning their spot in the Champions League final with a 4-0 victory over Real Madrid. City is seeking the triple and a win over Chelsea would give them their sixth Premier League title in six years.
The Blues enter the game in 11th place and with only 43 points, hoping to end their disappointing season on a high note. With European qualification out of the question and the season essentially over, Chelsea will be looking to spoil City’s party.
So, with that in mind, football. London has compiled a list of the most recent updates from the treatment room before Chelsea’s match against City.
N’Golo Kante’s
Chelsea were dealt another blow when their talismanic Frenchman was ruled out again due to injury. He has yet to sign a new contract and is now questionable for the rest of the season.
Kante has struggled with fitness all season, missing all games between September and March due to a long-term hamstring problem. This is his third setback in a row.
“He felt something in his groin,” Lampard explained. So it’s probably a couple of weeks, and we pretty well know what that means. All we have to do now is keep going.”
Date of expected return: Unknown
Mateo Kovacic’s
According to Lampard, the Croatian was brought off in the first half of the 2-2 tie with Forest after entering the game as a danger. He was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and this could be his final game for the club.
Lampard’s response: “I’m not sure.” I know he had some issues before the game. It was obvious in training yesterday. I called him earlier to see how things were going. To be honest, I haven’t kept up with it since the game. We hope he’s all OK.”
The expected return date is unknown.
Chilwell, Ben
Ben Chilwell was substituted in the 74th minute against Bournemouth due to a hamstring injury. Earlier this season, the England international was sidelined for 10 games due to a similar injury.
He is now doubtful to play again this season, according to Lampard’s latest statement.
He was photographed back in training on the grass at Cobham with James and Mount.
“Not fit,” Lampard remarked. No, we’re hopeful Chilly will be able to play in the final game or two of the season, but it’s a close call. It’s a similar tale to Mason Mount, and maybe a little bit similar to Reece [James], but I think Reece is significantly behind. So we’re certainly after it right now.”
Manchester United (A) is expected to return on May 25.
Cucurella, Marc
Cucurella was forced to leave the game against Brentford late in the second half after suffering an injury in training. He, too, appears to be out for the remainder of the season.
“No, he won’t be fit for this game, and again, he’ll be questionable in line with the others for that final week of the season,” Lampard stated.
Quadriceps tear
Manchester United (A) is expected to return on May 25.
Koulibaly, Kalidou
Kalidou Koulibaly started in a back three for Chelsea in the first leg against Real Madrid, but the defender pulled up clutching his hamstring after a lung-busting sprint to track back and deny Rodrygo a chance.
“He has trained with us the last couple of days,” Lampard stated. A little bit managed, not full training, so we’re looking at the next week where we have three games in six days or whatever, so all of those should be in contention, but will they be match fit is the question.”
Hamstring strain
Manchester City (A) is expected to return on May 21.
James, Reece
James was observed feeling his hamstring during the first half of Chelsea’s match against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. The defender appeared to be suffering for a few moments, but he soldiered on and completed 90 minutes, despite Lampard’s latest report being less than encouraging.
James has also returned to some type of outside training, as seen above with Mount and Chilwell.
“No, we’re hoping Chilly will be fit for the last game or two of the season, but it’s a close call,” Lampard remarked. It’s a similar tale to Mason Mount, and maybe a little bit similar to Reece [James], but I think Reece is significantly behind. So we’re certainly after it right now.”
Hamstring strain
Summer is the anticipated return date.
Mason Mount
Mount has been plagued by numerous problems this season, including a persistent pelvic condition. Another setback means that the club’s two-time player of the season will miss another appearance as speculation about his future mounts.
Mount shared an update on Instagram, writing, “Had a minor procedure yesterday to sort out a discomfort I’d been experiencing for a while.” “Everything went smoothly, and I’m feeling good.”It’s time to recuperate, but I can’t wait to go back to training in a few weeks! Thank you for all of your expressions of encouragement, and a special thanks to the medical staff, physicians, and nurses for caring after me.”
He has since returned to outside training, as seen by a club photo of their England star with the ball at his feet.
“Mason has been carrying this pelvic injury for quite some time, it predates me,” Lampard remarked. We’ve tried, and the medical staff has tried, but we’ve reached the point where he’ll need minor surgery. We’re looking at a four-week recovery period, and we know where that gets us.”
Injury to the Pelvis
Summer is the anticipated return date.

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Mr. Armando Broja
Chelsea have been without Broja since he suffered a knee injury in a pre-season match against Aston Villa. Following a collision with Ezri Konsa, the 20-year-old shouted in anguish and was stretchered off the pitch.
He appeared to be in a lot of pain and was gripping his leg while he was being attended to by medical personnel. Albania’s international had no history of knee ailments, thus his injury was devastating.
Broja was expected to miss the rest of the season after learning he needed surgery to repair a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to Football. London at the time. However, he was recently photographed returning to solo training at Cobham, albeit primarily in the gym.
Furthermore, according to the Evening Standard, the teenage striker is ahead of schedule in his recuperation and hopes to return to play for Chelsea during their pre-season tour of America.
N/A, according to Lampard.
Injury to the knee
Summer is the anticipated return date.


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