Chelsea interim coach Frank Lampard has confirmed that the duo of Mason Mount and Reece James have been ruled out until the end of the season, Sportivationng.com reports.
James has been ruled out due to a hamstring problem, while Mount is battling with an abdominal problem.
Lampard confirmed while providing the team’s injury update ahead of the clash against Brentford on Wednesday.
“James will be unavailable for the rest of the season. Mount the same, he might make the last match but that’s unlikely. That’s obviously disappointing for us,” Lampard told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash against Brentford.
“Kai (Havertz) is still struggling with his knee but should be available for the end of the week.”
The Blues are on a dismal seven-game winless run as Lampard eyes his first win of his second spell as a manager.
“I wouldn’t expect anything in football, but we have come in to a club with big difficulties with not a lot of time,” said Lampard, who lost his first four games.
“A lot of factors as to the four games I have been here, the team and club have been struggling for a while, we are here to help. Things won’t change in a short time.”
Lampard does not believe Chelsea have nothing to play for after crashing out of the Champions League.
“I don’t have a mentality that there is nothing to play for. They have been fortunate at Chelsea to have had that for 15, 20 years, but it’s a reality when you have a long career, you won’t compete every season,” he said.
“We now have seven games, three against the top four, so will be interesting to see how the players react.”