We could see the midfield three of Jorginho, Mateo Kovačić, and Mason Mount for the game against Lille if Kante isn't fit enough to start the game.
Barkley has travelled to Lille for Wednesday's Group H game but Lampard feels it was unprofessional of the England global to be out three days before a match in which Chelsea need to respond to opening their European campaign with a home defeat by Valencia. "I will take that at face value and we move on".
Barkley reportedly spilled chips on the floor of the taxi and had an argument over money, with police involved. "I know you can play these type of games, so just go and don't think too much". Chelsea paid for one defensive slip against Valencia, with their frustration compounded by Barkley's late penalty miss, and Lampard will tell his young side that their hopes of reaching the last 16 will be in severe doubt if their concentration is not spot on.
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"They have great supporters, the team will obviously rely on supporters to put a lot of pressure on us".
"We have to trust that if we play to our best then we will get the result we want". "He hasn't committed a crime, apart from eating chips in a taxi", said Lampard.
'For me, honestly, I always remember when I was there, tactically he was very good.
Quizzed over the issue ahead of Chelsea's midweek game in France, Lampard looked to close the matter and insisted Barkley hadn't done anything serious, although he admitted it was "naïve" of his player to have got himself into the avoidable situation.