Chelsea receive double boost ahead of Premier League clash against Aston Villa
Frank Lampard has received a boost ahead of Chelsea’s encounter with Aston Villa on Wednesday in the Premier League.
Dean Smith’s side, accompanied by former Blue John Terry, will head down to Stamford Bridge - but they will be without key players in their side.
Despite a 2-2 draw in Manchester against Manchester United on Sunday, Villa have been left without not one, but two players for their away trip to Chelsea as a result of their defiant away performance.
Full-back Frederic Guilbert picked up his fifth booking of the season after a foul on Brandon Williams, which means he is suspended for Wednesday’s game against Chelsea.
It’s a blow for Dean Smith after the Frenchman has become a first-team regular this term - having made 12 consecutive appearances in the Premier League this season.
But Dean Smith is also without Anwar El Ghazi too on Wednesday after he was forced off against Manchester United at the weekend.
A welcome boost for Frank Lampard who has had his own injury troubles of late within the ranks at Chelsea, and he’ll be hopeful Tammy Abraham is fit in time for Aston Villa’s visit to Stamford Bridge.
Jota will return to the Villa side in West London for the first time since his hernia operation.
Frank Lampard could also have Ross Barkley and Antonio Rudiger back in the matchday squad on Wednesday.
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