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Chelsea team news: Lampard confirms star could feature vs Arsenal, another a doubt, three out

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has given an update on the fitness of Reece James after the full-back limped off the ground following his injury in the 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United on Saturday.  

The Blues boss has indicated that the youngster’s injury isn’t very bad and that he could feature in the clash against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Speaking to the media, Lampard said that the club would make a decision regarding James’ involvement in the upcoming match at Stamford Bridge closer to the kick off.

“I was a little worried at first, purely because he had to overcome an injury at the start of the season but thankfully it’s not as bad as first feared,” the Chelsea manager said, as per Sports Illustrated.

“Reece is in contention for tomorrow but it will be a tight call, so will give him another 24 hours to try and recover fully.

“So hopefully he will be fine for tomorrow but if not, then certainly for the weekend.”  

BBC Sport confirm that Marcos Alonso is also in contention to feature, but Christian Pulisic, Marko van Ginkel and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are sidelined.

Chelsea registered a 2-1 victory against Arsenal last month when Jorginho and Tammy Abraham struck two late goals in reply to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener at the Emirates Stadium.

The Blues will be hoping to get a similar result at Stamford Bridge in order to increase their prospects of finishing in the Premier League top four.

Chelsea’s defeat to Newcastle at the weekend was a blow to the club’s Champions League ambitions, especially as fellow hopefuls Leicester City, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all dropped points.

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