How Chelsea will line-up at Sheffield United with Mateo Kovacic to replace injured Billy Gilmour in midfield


FRANK LAMPARD’S side face another tough test in their race for a top four finish as they take on fellow European hopefuls Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Blues head into the clash on the back of a narrow 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in which the Blues rode their luck towards the end of the contest.

The crucial three points was marred by the injury to youngster Billy Gilmour who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

His absence could see Mateo Kovacic come back into midfield after he returned to full training following an Achilles injury.

Lampard will also be sweating on the fitness of N’Golo Kante who is struggling with a hamstring injury.

The Frenchman was forced to sit out of the win against Palace and is likely to be rested again for the final three games of the season.

It means Jorginho could make his first league start since February to add defensive steel to Lampard’s midfield.

Ross Barkley is also set to get the nod having hit a rich vein of form although Mason Mount is also available for selection.

Willian and Christian Pulisic are also in great form with the pair proving crucial to Lampard’s plans having started the last five matches.

Lampard will have to decide whether to opt with Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham in attack with both scoring against Palace in their last outing.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Lampard in defence with Fikayo Tomori remaining sidelined.

The boss still hasn’t found his favoured centre-back pairing with Antonio Rudiger dropped after defeat against West Ham on July 1.

It means he is likely to stick with a settled back four of Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta with Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.

Chelsea head into the clash against the Blades in third place, one point above Leicester and just two ahead of Manchester United who are breathing down their necks.


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