Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Monday evening in a game that could go a long way in determining who finishes fourth in the Premier League this season. Here are the latest news about the team before the game….
Frank Lampard confirmed Chelseafc.com today that Christian Pulisic has trained with U23 as he intensifies his recovery from a hip injury that has hindered him in recent weeks. However, the American winger will not be available for selection against Man Utd on Monday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek also worked hard in Cobham after recovering from a serious injury to Achilles, but the midfielder is still running out of fitness, so he won’t be content to face United.
Lampard also provided an update on Tammy Abraham and the Chelsea coach confirmed that the forward is still experiencing the effects of an ankle injury he initially suffered against Arsenal last month. Abraham will need to be evaluated over the weekend before his availability is determined.
Lampard told Chelseafc.com:
Christian trained today with the Under 23, which we hope for a short time and we will get him back into our training soon but he will not be in shape [for United].
Ruben will not be suitable for this game. He is getting closer, he is training a lot and he just needs more physical fitness to be taken into consideration, but it is nice to have it almost again.
‘Tammy is still feeling the effects, we had to get him out of training a couple of days this week. He trained today, so we are confident but he will be evaluated over the weekend. “
Otherwise, Chelsea have no new doubts about the injuries they face as they prepare to welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge, so Lampard has a relatively healthy team to choose from.
United without 7 players
United have many injury problems ahead of the game with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready to remain without seven first-team players for the trip to West London on Monday night.
The new signature Odion Ighalo will travel with the United team to the capital, but Solskjaer refuses to confirm whether the attacker will be involved against Chelsea. The Nigerian has trained far from the rest of the Man Utd team since his arrival, so he is unlikely to be in the running to start, but could be named on the bench.
Scott McTominay continued to work on his fitness during the winter break as he offers to return from a knee injury while Axel Tuanzebe and Tim Fosu-Mensah have also stepped up their rehabilitation recently, but the trio will not be available against Chelsea. .
Paul Pogba is still on the sidelines following an ankle surgery, Lee Grant is not available while Marcus Rashford will not be seen for several weeks after fracturing his back. Nemanja Matic loses to his former team due to the suspension, so United will be without a number of players on Monday evening.
Solskjaer told ManUtd.com:
“I have never said that [Ighalo] he would be ready to play on Monday. He will be involved with us and travel with us and obviously he is now out of that two week precautionary period and it is a precaution that we have taken.
“He will travel with us and see if he is involved or not. He did his [training programme] and it would always have been a case where he had to join the group after being out in China. He must get used to the players and the team and go as fast as possible. “
“I don’t think we’ll be able to get anyone back for the Chelsea game. Because Scotty, Axel, Tim haven’t joined too much, so they’re not ready to play that game. And Paul isn’t ready, of course.
United travel to London, eighth at the table and six points adrift of Chelsea, so a away win on Monday would blow up the race for fourth place.