Before travelling to Hull this afternoon, Frank Lampard reported the latest on Tammy Abraham’s fitness and also expressed his pleasure at the club’s new partnership with Three, who will be our shirt sponsors starting from next season.
The deal was announced a few minutes before Lampard addressed the media ahead of the trip north, and the boss started the press conference at Cobham by answering a question on the arrangement, which will last three years initially.
‘It’s a big deal for us to link up with Three,’ Lampard said.
‘They’re leaders in their field, a great brand. I’m certainly very happy with it, and as a club we’re very happy with it. They’re leaders in 5G so it is very exciting for us as a club to be involved with them going forward.
‘We look forward to it.’
The focus then turned to matters on the pitch and the latest on Tammy Abraham, who was in some pain at the end of the Arsenal game in midweek.
‘The good news is he hasn’t fractured anything,' reported Lampard. 'We were worried about a small fracture or a hairline fracture. He hasn’t got that. We have to see how it develops. It’s not a clear-cut one.
‘He’s not fit for this weekend. Whether he will be fit for Leicester after that I’m still not sure. I haven’t got the news for you. It’s not clear at the moment.’
With a number of leading English attackers currently out injured, Lampard considered if the effects of the busy Christmas period were being felt.
‘There is no absolute science for that. Maybe with muscle injuries you can link it to more to congestion of games. Tammy’s was more of an impact injury. That can happen at any time.
‘We are congested, we are. It’s the same for all teams, that’s true, but when individuals are coming into play and people are getting injured, maybe that’s something that should be looked at.’