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Press Conference: Frank Lampard on Aston Villa, Tammy Abraham and John Terry return

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Chelsea will aim to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat on Wednesday when they welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge.

The game will also see the return of John Terry, with the Chelsea legend in the dugout for Ason Villa as assistant manager.

Ahead of the game, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has faced the press.

First of all, Lampard gave a positive update on injured Tammy Abraham.

“We are giving him every opportunity to play tomorrow. We will make the call tomorrow, he has a little bit of pain. He was in good form, he is always keen, he is trying his best,” said Lampard. “You can’t isolate it to one player and game. He can’t just be the reason for losing the game. He is an important player for us. We have competition in that area.”

On Ross Barkley, he said: “Ross has been sick Monday night, not fit to be in the game. Rudiger, we are hoping he will be available in a week to ten days. He is training. Training well, that has never been a huge issue. That is up to him now.”

Chelsea suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League.

“I think it is part of football. If anyone thought it was to be a breeze. Man City away is a tough match. We have to focus on our reaction. There were basics we didn’t do. We lost a little bit of that and it is important we prepare for Villa,” he said.

John Terry will return to Stamford Bridge as Aston Villa assistant manager: “Not much different to me, I went up against him twice last year. I have huge respect for the job he and Dean Smith have done. He will get a great reception from the fans. It will be pretty emotional for him and I will look forward to seeing him back. We are back focused on his jobs, I spoke to him last week.”

On Marcos Alonso, Lampard said: “I have selection choices in different positions. We need a squad. Some players will be disappointed. But we need everyone.”

On strikers, he added: “It is always a collective, every performance. There is responsibility, but players have to come in to anytime. In the modern-day I am not the only one to have that situation, you have to trust the professionalism of the players. Everyone is human and wants to play every week.”


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