Lampard happy to have this Chelsea player back

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Ross Barkley has only had 11 appearances this season, and the 26-year-old has suffered a foot injury that has kept him out of action for most part of the season.

However, Barkley for the first time got back to back appearances for the Blues having featured in the FA Cup win against Nottingham Forest and the 3-0 victory against Burnley last weekend.

It was the first time the 26-year-old has completed successive 90 minutes at club level since joining Chelsea from Everton two years ago.

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that he’s happy to have the midfielder back in good shape after he impressed in back to back games.

“It is good news for us,” says the Chelsea boss.

“There have been a couple of issues this year with Ross. He knows that and we know that and his training in the last month particularly has been absolutely focused.

“He has been doing extra work and the injury he had was a really niggly injury which was difficult for him because he was one foot in training and one foot out. He was training at a certain per cent to try to show that he was there but you could see clearly he wasn’t, and I respected that, he was trying.

“Now that has cleared up and he is working hard and showing his qualities, particularly against Burnley, and that is great news for all of us.”

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