22-year-old Chelsea injured attacker could be ready for the PL game

Tammy Abraham thinks that he will be back in contention to start when Blues face Aston Villa in midweek. England international has had an outstanding start to the season but missed London club’s defeat at home to West Ham United this weekend after suffering an injury away at Valencia.

While there were initial fears that Tammy’s problem could be internal after an awkward collision with Ezequiel Garay, it was later confirmed that the striker had merely suffered a bruised hip. Frank recalled Olivier Giroud in front-line as Blues were beaten by Hammers at Stamford Bridge, but it appears Tammy could return to the side.

Speaking to The Athletic after Chelsea’s defeat on the weekend, the 22-year-old striker said he would ‘hopefully’ be fit to face Aston Villa with a telling smile and a nod. The English centre-forward has scored 11 goals in 20 games for Chelsea this campaign and has rapidly established himself as one of Frank Lampard’s key figures.

In the aftermath of Blues to West Ham, Frank called for his players to bounce back and prove their ‘character’ versus Villa. ‘I still believe in the team,’ the Blues coach said. ‘But when you look at it today, Blues made some changes, and we didn’t perform as well as we wanted.

‘That will be questions that are asked of us from the outside. It’s questions I will want to be asked for myself from the inside. ‘We have shown some great stuff in this campaign. I haven’t had to sit here several times and say: “We were below par today.” Hardly at all. Today was one of those days.