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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has refused to rule out a return to action for wingers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech in Monday’s meeting with West Ham United.
Hudson-Odoi suffered a hamstring injury in training in the run-up to the Blues’ 1-0 loss to Everton, while another hamstring injury has kept Ziyech out of action. since the 3-1 win over Leeds.
Lampard has been lacking many additional options on the wing during Chelsea’s last two games, which ended in defeat, but admitted during a press conference that the pair could be ready to return on Monday.
“Today is their first day back with the group training at a decent level, so I’ll have to see how they are for the next two or three days to see if they make it to West Ham,” Lampard said (via official website) when asked about the chances of an imminent comeback for the couple.
Lampard was one of the coaches eager for the Premier League to make up five substitutions during matches, hoping that a rule change would help protect players from hamstring injuries like Hudson-Odoi and Ziyech. .
The number of substitutions has remained at three, although coaches can now name nine players to the bench instead of the usual seven.
“I don’t want to talk about it as a hit,” Lampard added when asked about rejecting his preferred rule change.
“It’s just that when we talked about it as managers, the overriding factor of managers, whether they were for or against, because I think there are different factors in this, was that this is a case of player welfare, making sure de We take care of the players and give them the best opportunity to perform at their optimum level and do not put them at risk as such due to uncertain times and the calendar.
“I think so [increasing the substitutions] it would be really beneficial for the well being of the player. Normally these days, the well-being of the players and the well-being of the employees comes from above. I don’t think this time has passed, but the decision has been made and we move on. “
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