Frank Lampard welcomes former club Manchester City to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Thursday as his Chelsea side look to take further strides towards a top 4 finish.
Blues record scorer Lampard, who had a brief spell at Manchester City after departing the Bridge, will be looking to increase the narrowing gap between his side and 5th spot with victory over an in-form City.
Pep Guardiola’s side have looked imperious of late, scoring 8 without reply in their two matches since the restart – their latest foray despatching Burnley 5-0 on Monday.
Chelsea meanwhile benefitted from 2 goals in 60 seconds against strugglers Aston Villa in their first outing of the resumption to keep themselves firmly in the top 4 hunt.
Manchester City won’t have Sergio Aguero available for the trip to Stamford Bridge, with the Argentine coming off against Burnley with suspected knee meniscus damage.
Aguero’s father Leonel revealed that he expects his son to have surgery on the issue by the end of the week.
That leaves Gabriel Jesus as the obvious replacement for Aguero, the striker yet to get amongst the goals for City since the restart.
Young midfielder Phil Foden was majestic against the Clarets, and may well have done enough to keep his place – but knowing Guardiola’s penchant for changes, coupled with a slight knock, it’s uncertain if the 20-year-old will be risked.
Defenders John Stones and Eric Garcia both miss out for City as they continue their respective recoveries.
For Frank Lampard, the only definite Chelsea absentee is Fikayo Tomori, whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi will be subject of a fitness test after missing the win at Aston Villa with an ankle problem.
Italy international Jorginho becomes available for selection again after completing his three match suspension – the midfielder was banned for an accumulation of yellow cards before lockdown.
Chelsea v Manchester City is an 8.15pm kick off on Thursday, June 25.