LONDON, United
Kingdom
– 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 capitalise on old boy David Luiz’s red card, thwarted by
Hector Bellerin’s late equaliser.

Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had scrambled Chelsea to
victory 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 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 had ice on his
ankle but he was unaware of the severity of the injury.

When asked if Chelsea could cope without Abraham, Lampard
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.”

Chelsea boss 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 have Michy
Batshuayi as their other frontline 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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