Pulisic, Emerson, Jorginho – How Frank Lampard’s first Chelsea pre-season team might look – Football.London

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Chelsea’s first pre-season match gets under way in less than a month when the Blues travel to Japan to face Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama on July 19. With no World Cup this summer, it means that the majority of players will actually be available to make the trip this summer to the Far East. However, there are some issues for the Blues and there is a possibility that they might not have the full complement of players ready to make their mark in the opening match. Firstly, you have to look at the injury room. Callum Hudson-Odoi (ruptured Achilles), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ruptured Achilles), Antonio Rudiger (knee) and Reece James (ligament damage) are all set to miss pre-season. All four players are in a fight to be ready for the start of the campaign and the chances of them making the trip to Japan is low. Then there is the Copa America. Willian was not in the original Brazil squad, however was called up when Neymar pulled out through injury just before the competition got under way. The final is to be played on July 7 at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, which means that he could also miss the trip as he is allowed to take 21 days off following the competition. Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Willian against Dynamo Kyiv (Image: Visionhaus/Getty Images) That is also the case for Chelsea’s players who are competing in the U21 Euro Championships, with the competition under way this summer. The Blues have five youngsters in England’s ranks in the competition; Jay Dasilva, Jake Clarke-Salter, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. Those players will be looking to impress to try to get their place in the first team, but with the final of the tournament in Italy on June 30, they could also take some time off. However, as they will be looking to get their mind into the new head coach and so they could return early to Cobham to get their shot with the rest of the senior team. Frank Lampard is still the strong favourite to be the new boss at Stamford Bridge, which means that a new formation might be coming. A 4-2-3-1 is likely to be on the cards, so seeing how Jorginho and N’Golo Kante play together in the middle of the park is going to be crucial. Also, the way that Lampard will want to set up the front line, with Christian Pulisic set to make his first appearance, if he stays injury-free, while Pedro could be the other fit winger. Potential line up in Japan: Kepa, Emerson, Christensen, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho; Pulisic, Barkley, Pedro; Giroud. Keep up to date with the latest Chelsea news, features and exclusives from  football.london  via our free  WhatsApp service . Click here  to enroll or text NEWS to 07557204594 and then add the number to your phone contacts book as  chelsea dot london  (case sensitive, with spaces) to receive daily updates and breaking news from Oliver Harbord and the team on Chelsea. Your phone number won’t be shared with any other members of the group.  Click here  for more information on the service.
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