Lampard: Tammy Abraham’s absence not to blame

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was sorely missed in the Premier league clash between the Blues and West Ham last weekend as Chelsea were beaten at home by the Hammers.

Abraham suffered a hip injury in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in the Champions League game last week and had to be taken off at half-time.

Olivier Giroud started against West Ham but failed to perform as Chelsea struggled without the in-form Tammy Abraham.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to blame Abraham’s absence as the reason for the loss to West Ham.

“I don’t think you can isolate it to one game,” he said, “but it is clear where Tammy is in the goalscoring charts and what his input has been generally for us this year.

“We should not underestimate that but one player cannot be the reason for losing a game or having a below-par performance. The overall picture is not that but what is clear is he is an important player of us.”

Meanwhile, Lampard has suggested that he could use Christian Pulisic in the striking role.

“We’ll see,” Lampard said at Stamford Bridge. “He’s got an ability to run behind the line and to be sharp in central areas, which will naturally get him more goals but I’m not going to say right now that’s the solution. We’ll see going forward.”

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