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Jorginho's attitude wins Lampard's acclaim

 

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised the professionalism of Jorginho as he looks set to recall the Italian in place of the injured N'Golo Kante.

"Kante won't be in the squad," Lampard said ahead of tonight's London derby at Crystal Palace.

"It is a low-level hamstring injury. We are hoping it will be a week or so"

With Kante sidelined, it is expected that Jorginho will replace him in the heart of the midfield.

Lampard would not be drawn on why the former Napoli player has seemingly fallen out of favour but has been pleased with Jorginho's reaction.

"I don't want to go into personal details of positional and tactical reasons why I pick a team, I just pick a team how I see best and they are my choices," he said.

"He (Jorginho) has been very professional about it, he wants to play as every player does. Jorginho always trains well but he has handled it professionally and that is what I would expect."

If they can win at Selhurst Park, Chelsea will move ahead of Leicester into third place - with the Foxes playing later in the evening away at Arsenal.

Three wins from four since the restart have seen Chelsea close the gap, while Manchester United have also kicked on.

Lampard conceded United's form means they are the main threat from the chasing pack to Chelsea's top-four ambitions.

"They are a very strong team and have been in great form for a very long period of time," he said of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

"They are the biggest threat from behind but this is the Premier League, it looks like that today but it is how the teams now finish the season, going game by game."

Crystal Palace v Chelsea

Premier League:

Selhurst Park, Today, 6.00pm

Belfast Telegraph