Chelsea face Manchester United on Monday night time following two weeks off for each golf equipment within the Premier League’s first ever winter break.
The Blues are six factors forward of United heading into the conflict, whereas Sheffield United are simply two factors behind Lampard’s workforce in fifth place, and Tottenham might path them by only a level after their recreation towards Aston Villa on Sunday.
Chelsea face United on Monday, earlier than one other conflict at Stamford Bridge towards Jose Mourinho’s Spurs aspect the next Saturday.
Each Chelsea and United have been hoping to come back into the sport with key males returning to availability, however Frank Lampard has already confirmed that he might be with out at the very least two of his stars, with one other dealing with a late evaluation.
And United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that none of his gamers who have been lacking earlier than the break have recovered in time to face Chelsea.
Paul Pogba had surgical procedure on an ankle damage firstly of January and was all the time more likely to miss out on the journey to Stamford Bridge, however the likes of Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe had been hoping to be again in competition.
McTominay has been out of motion since Boxing Day as a result of a knee ligament drawback, whereas Tuanzebe has struggled with a muscle drawback that has saved him out since earlier than Christmas.
And Solskjaer confirmed in his pre-match press convention that not one of the gamers could be again for the Stamford Bridge journey.
“I do not suppose we’ll get anybody again for the Chelsea recreation prepared,” Solskjaer instructed reporters.
“Scotty, Axel, Tim [Fosu-Mensah] – they did not be part of an excessive amount of [during the winter break] so they don’t seem to be able to play that recreation.
“Paul is just not prepared in fact.
“How do you go about with out enjoying Marcus [Rashford], Paul, Scott – you take care of it.
“Gamers are gonna get an opportunity, had an incredible relaxation. It has been useful for completely everybody within the squad; individually, the workforce, however [also for] different groups and the league.
“The standard of soccer will enhance. January and December was relentless for us. It is a good transfer by the authorities to present us that weekend.
“At Man United, you aren’t getting two weeks with out video games whenever you’ve obtained everybody, so it’s as much as the boys to indicate the freshness that they’ve proven this week.”