Chelsea vs Valencia
Chelsea are set to take on Valencia on Tuesday evening in Frank Lampard’s first Champions League tie as Blues boss.
Chelsea have been drawn in Group H of the CL, along with Valencia, last year’s semi-finalists Ajax, and Ligue 1 outfit Lille.
The Premier League side head into this game in pretty decent form, having picked up a 5-2 win over Wolves this past weekend.
However, they are once again set to be without key defender Antonio Rudiger, after Lampard confirmed that he is suffering from a groin problem.
Frank reports that Toni Rudiger is out of tomorrow’s game. ‘Toni is injured. He’s bothered a small groin problem that he’s been carrying for a few weeks and will have a scan later today.’#CHEVCF
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 16, 2019
England watching Tammy
One player who should be fine to feature for Chelsea, though, is in-form striker Tammy Abraham.
Despite his limited Premier League experience, Abraham has been in superb form for Chelsea this campaign, scoring seven in five games, including a hat-trick vs Wolves.
But, it was after the game at Molineux that Abraham refused to shut the door on him pledging his international future to Nigeria.
Abraham has featured for England in two friendlies, but he is still currently eligible to play for Nigeria.
When speaking about his international situation and potentially playing for Nigeria, Abraham stated that ‘you can never say never’:
“Yes, I have heard the talk. I have not really been focused on that yet.
“I think when the time comes, the times comes. It is about focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories.
“We never know. You can never say never, whatever comes first really. I just have to keep full focus on Chelsea.” As quoted by Goal.
However, it looks as though Gareth Southgate wants Abraham in his squad.
According to the Telegraph, Southgate’s England assistant Steve Holland will be at the Chelsea vs Valencia clash to look at Abraham.
The same report also claims that Abraham is expected to be called up to Southgate’s next England squad, for games versus Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.