Lampard reports there will be changes

The Blues face the West Midlands side just 48 hours after our Boxing Day defeat and that alone means rotation is likely but the lack of energy shown at the Emirates, which the boss says was not due to physical fatigue, and the basic standards not being reached ensure more changes are on the cards.

Lampard has already confirmed Callum Hudson-Odoi will play against Villa on Monday evening but one switch he cannot make is to bring in Hakim Ziyech. He has reported the Moroccan is not yet recovered from injury sufficiently.

‘There will be some changes,’ Lampard says.

‘I knew that anyway and I am certainly not going to bang the drum about the quick turnaround [between the games] after our performance at Arsenal, it is not the important point, but playing two days later we have to make changes anyway and some of those will now happen as well because of how that game went.

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