Chelsea have been handed a double injury blow with academy graduates Mason Mount and Reece James not expected to feature again this season.

James has been sidelined on several occasions this season, while the usually ever-available Mount missed seven matches across all competitions between March and April due to an abdominal strain.

Speaking ahead of his side’s derby game against Brentford tomorrow, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has claimed that Mount and James are unlikely to be in action for the rest of the campaign.

“Reece is unavailable, probably for the season – Mason’s the same,”

“Reece has a hamstring. Mason’s carrying a pelvic injury – he’s been trying, but will have minor surgery and a four-week recovery.”

Lampard said in his pre-match press conference.

Joining Mount and James on Chelsea’s injury list for the Brentford game is leading goalscorer Kai Havertz, although he should be back soon.

“Kai [Havertz is] struggling a little bit with a knee injury but should be training by the end of the week,”

Lampard added.

Chelsea’s latest injury woes further compound what has been a disastrous season on all fronts.

The Blues were recently knocked out of the Champions League by defending champions Real Madrid courtesy of an emphatic 4-0 aggregate defeat.

They also sit 11th in the Premier League and are all but guaranteed to miss out on continental football.

Chelsea will be looking to bounce back next season under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino, who is on the verge of being named manager.

Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique were previously the favourites to take over at Stamford Bridge, but both men have since been ruled out of contention.

This has left Pochettino on course to return to the English capital following his previous spell at Tottenham Hotspur.

Source: Football Today

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