Frank Lampard gives update on Ross Barkley injury

Frank Lampard has given an update on the fitness of Ross Barkley, who limped off after 43 minutes against Newcastle today.

The Chelsea manager revealed to the club’s official website:

“Ross turned his ankle and it looks a bit nasty at first glance but the doctor wants to have a look tomorrow.’”

It sounds more like a sprain that anything else, likely a week or two at most out of action, depending how bad it is. That’s a blow to the squad depth at the games come thick and fast, but at least he made it through 43 minutes, giving Mateo Kovacic a little rest.

In all honesty, it’s not too much of a concern. Kovacic did well replacing Barkley, and N’Golo Kante should be fit for next weekend, if not Wednesday night against Ajax. Mason Mount has been playing in the midfield 3 as well, although not too well today.

Long term, there’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek to return too. This is one position Chelsea are deep in, and we can afford the loss of Barkley for now.

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