Frank Lampard had positive news to report to the assembled media at Cobham today regarding the fitness of Tammy Abraham and Toni Rudiger.
Lampard spoke at his customary pre-match press conference and as well as answering questions on the overturning of our transfer ban, the boss also discussed tomorrow’s trip to Everton, a big few days ahead and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
When it came to injury updates, Lampard confirmed Ross Barkley is over his illness and is expected to be in the squad tomorrow. The same can be said for Abraham, who looked in some pain as he left the pitch when subbed on Wednesday. Rudiger meanwhile is getting ever close to a return to action.
‘Tammy Abraham is good,’ said Lampard.
‘He hasn’t done much in between games. We will make sure of that in the morning but at the moment we’re good.
‘Toni has had a really good week of training. We have had to get him some sort of match fitness which he has gone through this week. Tomorrow comes too soon but he’s had a great week and he’s on the verge.’
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‘First of all, any trip to Everton is tough. I went there as a player many a time. The atmosphere in the stadium and the support of the home fans is big.
‘I am sure there will be a bounce effect for them, and for one of their heroes in charge of them in the short term. We will have to be very much on our guard. We slightly had it with West Ham last week. There was a lot of talk about what bad form they were in, and what might happen if they lost another game, and we lost the match. There’s a small reminder for us last Saturday.
‘What I tell the players will be exactly the same: this is a dangerous, dangerous team to play at this moment particularly. They will have, certainly in the early parts of the game, and I think throughout, maybe an extra energy to them.
‘Clubs rally at these moments, fans rally, and the players will want to rally and show what they can do. It’s going to be a tough, tough match.’
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‘It’s a big test for us. Generally, we have been really good. Performances even in defeat have had a lot of positives. West Ham was the one game which was the opposite to that.
‘Now it’s how we react. We reacted really well against Villa, but the top teams, the better teams, have a consistency to them. There can’t just be small reactions.
‘Can we go to a difficult game, with circumstances around it that make it even more difficult, and then can we get to the next stage of the Champions League?’
Lampard also spoke about Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has featured only off the bench since recovering from a hamstring injury last month
‘His best is to come. He’s just turned 19. He’s in a real early stage of his development and come back from a really serious injury. I’ve had to manage that with him, and we have real competition in wide areas.
‘He’s going to get better and better. He has to apply himself in training every day, has to show when he comes on what he can do and bring to the table if he’s going to start more games. For sure he will do that, but we’ve got to be steady with Callum.’