Calf injury rules James Rodriguez out of Everton’s clash with Chelsea


Chelsea are now unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions and next travel to face Everton this weekend, before a midweek schedule in the Premier League sees the west London side face Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday night.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has said he couldn't afford to take a chance with Christian Pulisic after he was omitted from his side for Saturday's trip to Everton.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's early penalty sealed all three points for the hosts, handing Chelsea their first league defeat since September's loss at the hands of defending champions Liverpool.

The latter's absence will certainly be a big blow for the Toffees considering how important his creativity has been for them this season. "Christian had a tiny bit of awareness off the back of the Leeds game on one of his hamstrings but he's training normally, so we should be as we were". The Germany playmaker, who showed some nice touches himself as he battles back towards full sharpness after his Covid-19 illness, said: 'We all know Billy is a very talented player with a lot of qualities.

"We're happy with where we are but I know there's a long way to go".

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"Christian wasn't quite ready, but hopefully for Tuesday night, we will find out next week".

Chelsea are insistent that they will not loan out the youngster to Rangers or to any other club in January.

The USA worldwide has impressed on the occasions he has been deployed by Lampard, despite the Chelsea boss claiming earlier this week that he is not yet the finished article.

Defender Seamus Coleman is expected to be fit from a hamstring injury in time for the midweek trip to Leicester but midfielder Fabian Delph is out with a similar problem. If the game had been a different type of game then maybe I would have used him. 'He's going to be a Chelsea player so it's just about making sure the pathway is right for him.

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