Expected Chelsea XI vs West Ham as Lampard faces injury worry and Havertz choice

Chelsea take on rivals West Ham this evening as they eye a much-needed return to form in the Premier League.

The Blues were riding high in the Premier League before back-to-back defeats stunted their progress.

Frank Lampard now has a selection headache on his hands as he looks to mix things up due to injury and questionable performances.

In-form full-back Reece James has been ruled out for the foreseeable with a knee problem – but luckily, the former Wigan man will not require surgery unless the injury worsens in the near future.

Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to return in his place after missing recent clashes.

In attack, Lampard is facing a selection headache.

Kai Havertz has struggled for form of late but is expected to keep his place in the starting XI.

"Not saying it will take a long, long time but he does need time to settle in. For Chelsea fans and us, we must give him time," Lampard said of the attacker this week.

“He had no pre-season, then got Covid and all eyes are on because of the price tag but we need huge perspective here.

But Havertz will have competition from the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech in the coming weeks.

Both men are back from injury and could feature this evening.

"It was their first day back with the group today at a decent level," said Lampard.

"I need to see how they are to see if they make West Ham."

Lampard will, for the first time this season, be able to name nine substitutes on his bench after a Premier League rule change.

Both sides will still only be able to use three substitutes, however.

Chelsea expected XI (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Mount, Havertz; Pulisic, Giroud, Werner

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