- Frank Lampoard will be short of midfield options when Chelsea take on Crystal Palace
- The away clash will see N'Golo Kante among the key players who will miss the match
- Victory at Selhurst Park will be enough to fire the Blues to third on the league standings
Frank Lampard has confirmed the trio of N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kavacic and Fikayo Tomori will miss Chelsea's trip to Crystal Palace on Tuesday, July 7.
Chelsea will be keen to build on their 3-0 comfortable win over Watford at the weekend as they look to cement their place in the top four.
However, they will have to do that without the services of the three players who are understood to be nursing different degrees of injuries.
Kante picked up a hamstring problem during the second half of his side's victory over the Hornets at Stamford Bridge.
On his part, Kovacic has missed the Blues' last two fixtures including last week's 3-2 shock defeat at West Ham United after injuring his Achilles.
As for Timori, Lampard revealed he is due to miss the Palace encounter after he suffered a "set-back" but he is expected to be back to the squad soon enough.
"Kante won't be in the squad. He hurt his hamstring, it is a low level hamstring injury, maybe a week (before he returns)," Lampard told reporters in his news conference.
"Kovacic trained with us but won't be ready. (Fikayo) Tomori had a setback, hopefully (he is) back next week," he added.
However, the Englishman will be boosted by the availability of Jorginho, with the Italian expected to return to the fold against the Eagles.
Chelsea occupy fourth place in the standings with 57 points, just two ahead of Man United and one behind Leicester who sit third.
Victory at Selhurst Park will be enough to see them momentarily leapfrog Leicester to third.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Chelsea on Saturday, July 4, kept alive their hopes of making the top four in the Premier League after beating visiting Watford 3-0 in an entertaining tie at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues knew before the start of the match that a win is what they need to help their quest of making the top four after Manchester United recorded big victory in their own game.
Mason Mount had the first chance to give Chelsea the lead in the 4th minute when he got a superb pass from N'Golo Kante, but he was unable to beat Ben Foster.
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