Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Hull – Lampard rotates after Abraham injury

Chelsea fringe players will hope to feature when the Blues face Hull in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the KCOM Stadium. Injuries are expected to force the hand of manager Frank Lampard, resulting in numerous changes to the starting XI.

Tammy Abraham is the most recent fitness concern for Chelsea, with the England international suffering an ankle problem during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday.

Abraham collided with the advertising hoardings in the build-up to the Blues’ second goal at Stamford Bridge, but was unable to come off as Lampard had used all his substitutions.

The 22-year-old completed the full 90 minutes but was limping after the match and is ruled out of the clash with Hull.

When asked for an update on the forward’s condition on Friday, Lampard said: “The good news is he hasn’t fractured anything. That is the good news, but we still don’t know the full extent, it’s not clear at the moment.

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“I think the impetus to bring in a striker or a player to get on the end of chances is there. The recent games have shown that. When you are creating 20 chances a game it is clear.”

Abraham has only scored four goals in his last 13 outings, so Michy Batshuayi will be looking to stake a claim for greater involvement with a positive display against Hull.

The Belgian is likely to be joined in attack by Pedro, who has fallen down the pecking order under Lampard this season.

Christian Pulisic remains sidelined with a thigh problem, although the American is nearing a return to full fitness, so one of Callum Hudson-Odoi or Willian will be called upon again.

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Chelsea have further fitness concerns over N’Golo Kante, with the Frenchman forced off midway through the second half against Arsenal.

Jorginho may also be rested against Hull so Mateo Kovacic would be the sole remaining member of the midfield from midweek.

The Croatian should shield the back four while Ross Barkley and Mason Mount will hope to be recalled to the starting XI.

Marcos Alonso is available after an injury lay-off so the Spaniard should come in for Emerson at left-back while Cesar Azpilicueta is due a rest on the opposite flank.


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Reece James is unlikely to feature, having sat out the clash with Arsenal due to a knee issue, so Tariq Lamptey may be handed another chance to impress.

Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori should deputise for Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in central defence.

Finally, Willy Caballero is in line for his first appearance since the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the previous round.

Hudson-Odoi and Barkley were both on target in the comfortable victory, and Lampard will hope for another stress-free afternoon against Championship opposition.

Marco van Ginkel and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain long-term absentees for the Blues, although both are working their way closer to full fitness.

Speaking about the latter, Lampard said: “He is training now with the Under-16s. He’ll train with the Under18s, progressing to the Under23s in a pretty short space of time. The sooner that he can be back with us training, the better.

“But with the injury for a long time it is standard that you bring him through the academy. We are working every way.

“But there is a different look on Ruben’s face, more smiley and happy, which I absolutely understand.”

Chelsea predicted line-up vs Hull City – FA Cup

(4-3-3): Caballero; Lamptey, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Kovacic, Barkley, Mount; Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi

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