Lampard gives Azpilicueta verdict with Reece James set to sit out West Ham game

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Reece James has been in impressive form this season, and it’s no mean feat for the 21-year-old who has taken Cesar Azpilicueta’s position as Chelsea’s main right-back.

Azpilicueta is an ever dependable option in the Chelsea team, as he even impresses when used as a centre-back and left-back for the team, as we’ve seen over the years.

Reece James could now miss out Chelsea’s next two games against West Ham and Arsenal, with The Athletic reporting that the young fullback felt some discomfort in the knee during the 2-1 defeat at Wolves.

There had been fears that Reece James could be forced to have a surgery, however scan results have showed that isn’t necessary at this point.

Meanwhile, Lampard has hailed the attitude of Azpilicueta nevertheless.

“He’s done a great job of being club captain,” Lampard told the club’s official website earlier in the campaign. “Since I’ve been in the role, he’s been a huge help to me, how’s he’s handled himself on and off the pitch, how much he feels for the club, how much he communicates within the squad.

“We can all see the quality of Reece James and the competition I have in that right-back position. Azpi’s professionalism means he is going to be as important for us this year as he always is.

“I can’t ask players who are as competitive as Azpi to be content with missing one game.

“Every player should be really keen to play every game; I know Azpi is like that. I know that from playing with him.

“But when you have someone like Azpi, with the qualities he has as captain, I know he gives everything, whether he plays or sometimes he doesn’t, he will have the same positive impact on the group off the pitch.

“That’s all I can ask for, and it’s a pleasure to have him.”

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