Frank Lampard has stated that Lewis Hall is in contention to feature against Nottingham Forest this weekend.

The Cobham graduate, who can play in midfield or at left-back, could come into the side in place of the injured duo of Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell to face Steve Cooper’s Reds after impressing Lampard in training this week.

‘Lewis has a chance [to start],’ Lampard said at his pre-match press conference.

‘I was tempted to put him on last week but with the nature of the game and how it was set, I just felt that the experience of Azpi was more suitable at that point.

‘I’ll view this game on its merits but I’ve been really impressed with Lewis and the way he’s trained. He’s a really good player, a very talented player. He perhaps needs to come out of himself a little bit more and trust how good he is.

‘I have been really impressed and he is definitely in the running for the last four games to be involved.’

The versatile operator had initially been included in the England Under-20 squad for the upcoming World Cup in Argentina, along with four of his Chelsea team-mates, however the decision was made together by Lewis, Lampard and the club to keep the youngster at Stamford Bridge for the end-of-season run-in.

‘My decision is he needs to stay here and be with us for the final four games,’ Lampard said of the reasoning behind pulling Hall out of international duty.

‘We’ve got injuries to both our left-backs and that leaves us in a position where we want and need Lewis.

‘He would have wanted to play for his country and would be honoured to represent at this tournament, so obviously that’s a good thing.

‘However, at the same time, he’s come through our Academy and would be desperate for an opportunity. That’s what I sense from him and I think that the decision made from both sides is the right one.’