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Tammy Abraham out of Chelsea’s clash with West Ham


Chelsea will face West Ham without striker Tammy Abraham after he sustained an injury against Valencia during the midweek Champions League clash.

Frank Lampard confirmed that the England striker is unavailable for Saturday’s clash at Stamford Bridge in his pre-match press conference but said he still doesn’t know how long he will be out for.

‘He won’t be involved tomorrow and we’ll know more by the end of the weekend,’ Lampard said.

Tammy Abraham is out of Chelsea’s encounter against West Ham on Saturday

Abraham was in agony after landing awkwardly on Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay

Speaking after the 2-2 draw at the Mestalla, Abraham downplayed the significance of the injury.

‘It’s much better. At the time I was fearful of the worst,’ Abraham told BT Sport.

‘I got in and was able to walk again, move about, so I’m thankful and hopefully it’s not too long.

‘I hope so [bruising]. I’ll have a scan or x-ray tomorrow to see what the news is but hopefully it is just bruising. It was a knee to my hip area, so hopefully it’s nothing too serious.’

The Chelsea striker gestures to his hip as he is seen to by the club's physios on the pitch

The Chelsea striker gestures to his hip as he is seen to by the club’s physios on the pitch

The 22-year-old had slowly walked off the pitch but needed to be carried on a stretcher to the changing room. He later went to hospital for treatment.

Abraham is Chelsea’s leading goalscorer so far this season with 11 goals in 19 games, which has earned him a recall to the England side.

Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League table with 26 points from 13 matches.

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