Mount to face late fitness test for Chelsea's Crystal Palace clash

Mason Mount will face late fitness test ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Crystal Palace but Frank Lampard rules out Ross Barkley for Stamford Bridge clash

  • Mason Mount picked up a knock in Chelsea’s 4-4 draw with Ajax
  • Midfielder was forced to limp off during Champions League clash on Tuesday
  • The 20-year-old will be assessed on Saturday morning before Crystal Palace test
  • Manager Frank Lampard though has ruled out fellow midfielder Ross Barkley 

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will give Mason Mount more time to prove his fitness to face Crystal Palace but will once again be without Ross Barkley.

Despite injury problems, midfielders Mount and Barkley were on Thursday named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.

Mount limped out of Tuesday’s 4-4 Champions League draw with Ajax due to an ankle injury, while Barkley has a similar issue and not featured since October 19.

Mason Mount limped off the field during Chelsea’s 4-4 draw with Ajax on Tuesday and is facing a late fitness test to see if he will be available to take on Crystal Palace

Ross Barkley though has been ruled out of the Premier League clash by Frank Lampard

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s early kick-off with Palace at Stamford Bridge, Lampard said: ‘Ross has got an ongoing issue so he’s not in the squad tomorrow. It’s a conversation that I will have with Gareth (Southgate) or Steve (Holland) with Ross to see how it pans out for him over the next 10 days.

‘With Mason, he’s in the squad. We’re giving him another 24 hours and we’ll make a call on that one in the morning.’

 

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