Thereâ€™s an easy way back for the Newcastle team after their disgraceful performance at Wigan Athletic yesterday. That’s to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Frank Lampard – suffered thigh injury in 4-4 draw with Villa yesterday
That may not be as outlandish a statement as it first appears, because Chelsea now have lots of injuries. Frank Lampard is the latest to be out with a thigh injury sustained in the game against Aston Villa yesterday when Chelsea drew 4-4 with Aston Villa, in an exciting game. England Captain John Terry is already out for a few months with a broken metatarsal.
A statement released by the Chelsea club today referred to Lampardâ€™s injury and read as follows:
â€œScans today have revealed a tear in Frank Lampard’s right thigh. The tear is not in the same leg that Frank injured earlier this season.”
“He will begin his rehabilitation immediately and we hope to have him back playing within a few weeks.â€
But the good news is that he will miss the game on Saturday and Ricardo Carvalho was sent off yesterday with a straight red card for a wild two footed challenge. We are hoping Ricardo will be banned for Saturdayâ€™s game, although weâ€™re not sure about that yet. Michael Ballack returned from injury yesterday, and scored a goal direct from a free kick, and looked in good form, it has to be said.
Of course Chelsea have a load of stars, but Aston Villa outplayed them in the first half, and looked really good value for their 2-0 lead before Chelsea were awarded a penalty just seconds before the half time whistle. This allowed Chelsea to get right back in the game. Zat Knight was also sent off for the foul, because he was Villaâ€™s last man when he brought down Michael Ballack in the penalty box.
But Chelsea may not be the formidable team they were under former manager Jose Mourinho. Yesterday’s result should give the Newcastle team some hope, at the very least. Watching the tapes from the game yesterday should give Big Sam some idea of the best way to play against the Londoners.
We hope we meet Chelsea when they are not at their very best. To beat them we’ll certainly need some breaks, that’s for sure.
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