Frank Lampard begins life as Chelsea caretaker manager with a trip to Molineux as he attempts to reverse a miserable run of form.
Chelsea: Team News
Though there were plenty of raised eyebrows over Lampard’s appointment as interim Chelsea manager, the decision to fall back on a boss the club had previously dispensed with could prove key in the future of Mason Mount.
Mount, who made his Blues debut under Lampard in 2019 and is clearly highly regarded by the returning coach, is getting back to full fitness after sustaining a bruised pelvis earlier in the year. However, his Chelsea contract expires at the end of next season and there is uncertainty over a potential renewal.
Whether the club choose to cash in on Mount this summer remains to be seen — Liverpool and Bayern Munich are among the reported suitors — but Lampard spelt out the significance of Mount in his first press conference as caretaker manager.
“The important thing for me will be to talk to him and find out where he’s at but I know what I get from Mason,” Lampard said. “So I just want to see him perform on the pitch and we have a good relationship so we’ll talk a lot. I think he’s a huge player for Chelsea and has been during his time here.”
Mount’s return is certainly a boost for Lampard, who will be without Cesar Azpilicueta, Armando Broja and Thiago Silva for Saturday’s trip to Wolves. There are also doubts over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fitness after he missed the goalless draw with Liverpool in midweek.
Chelsea: Predicted Lineup
Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Enzo Fernandez, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, Joao Felix
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Chelsea: Injury List
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (back) Doubtful – Potential Return April
- Thiago Silva (knee) Ruled Out – Potential Return April
- Cesar Azpilicueta (head) Ruled Out – Potential Return April
- Armando Broja (knee) Ruled Out – Potential Return Early July