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Lampard upbeat on strikers amid Abraham injury

Frank Lampard says Chelsea can cope without leading scorer Tammy Abraham after the England striker suffered an ankle injury scare in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with 10-man Arsenal.

Abraham hobbled off the Stamford Bridge turf at full-time as Chelsea failed to capitalize on old boy David Luiz’s red card, thwarted by Hector Bellerin’s late equalizer.

Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had won it for Chelsea with a neat finish only to see Bellerin steal a share of the spoils, after Gabriel Martinelli’s breakaway goal had cancelled out Jorginho’s penalty.

Abraham has 13 English Premier League goals for Chelsea in his breakthrough top-flight campaign with the Blues but boss Lampard was adamant his side could cope even if the England star faces a spell on the sidelines.

Lampard said after the match that Abraham had ice on his ankle but he was unaware of the severity of the injury.

When asked if Chelsea could cope without Abraham, he said: “Yes, yes, and we have the players there to do that.

“I hope he’s not (out for several weeks) but then if he is, then yes we do have the players.”

Lampard refused to dampen down links with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani on Monday, and injury to Abraham could increase the Blues’ need to recruit a striker in the January transfer window.

Olivier Giroud reportedly wants to join Inter Milan to link back up with ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte, while Chelsea also has Michy Batshuayi as its other striker.

Lampard reiterated that the club are more likely to look at loan deals than permanent transfers this month, as he plots his long-term strategy.

“I know and I feel where we need strengthening,” he said. “It’s not going to be just January, this is more of a short-term window for us. This season has given us some answers on the pitch in where we need to improve. But that’s not so much for this window.”


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