Chelsea FC XI vs Man City: Expected line-ups, confirmed team news and recent injuries for Premier League
The latest setback concerns N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, both of whom could be out for the season after picking up injuries last week. The pair’s withdrawal has forced the Blues to postpone Carney Chukwuemeka’s inclusion in England’s U20 World Cup side in Argentina.
Left-backs Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella have already been ruled out, while Mason Mount has returned to training but is expected to be out.
Reece James and Kalidou Koulibaly complete the long list of absentees.
Lampard could look to play off his energetic but defensive 3-5-2 form against a Man City side hoping for the win needed to clinch the title that day.
It would be a departure from the more expansive four-point system that has seen the Blues end a fruitless run in front of goal, scoring five goals in two games.
Kepa Arrizabalga was not used last week but could return behind a back three of Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva and Wesley Fofana. Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to be used at right-back, with youngster Lewis Hall at the other end.
Enzo Fernandez was set to be joined by Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield, backing both front players Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling.
Expected Chelsea XI: Kepa; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, W. Fofana; Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Enzo, Gallagher, Hall; Sterling, Havertz
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