Chelsea have been dealt a double injury blow with Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic both being ruled out until the end of January.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the duo would be sidelined for around a month after injuries picked up in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool.
Serbian international Ivanovic hurt his knee in the first half of the game against the Reds whilst English midfielder Lampard suffered a muscle injury and was forced to come off at half-time.
The Portuguese manager who is in his second spell as Chelsea coach initially thought that 29-year-old Ivanovic would return soon but confirmed later to the club’s website that they would both miss most of January.
It’s a big blow for Chelsea losing two of their key members of the squad at such a crucial time with the side sitting two points behind league leaders Arsenal in third place with Manchester City in second.
Lampard, who turns 36 this year, has scored four times in 18 Premier League appearances this season, while Ivanovic has started 26 games in all competitions.
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