Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has joked he messaged Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham telling him he hoped he was still injured for Wednesday’s Premier League clash.
Villa travel to Stamford Bridge for their 15th top-flight match and will be hoping for another positive result following a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at the weekend.
Frank Lampard’s Blues have lost back-to-back matches against Manchester City and West Ham United, and Villa may smell blood.
Lampard was unable to call on his top scorer Abraham against the Hammers, after he sustained a hip injury last week in the Champions League.
The 41-year-old has said in his press conference that the club will give him ‘every chance’ to face Villa (Metro) – the side he helped earn promotion for on loan last season.
Speaking about the 22-year-old, Grealish said of his pal (club’s official YouTube): “I did message him the other day saying ‘I love you and stuff but I do hope you’re injured for the game’.
“I’ve always known how good Tammy was. If you look at his build and stuff… you don’t appreciate how good he is with the ball. He’s just a brilliant player.
“I always banter the manager and say ‘Why didn’t you bring Tammy in?’ just as a joke and he goes ‘I wish, we couldn’t afford.”
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Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa will need to ensure they’re on top form at the Bridge if Abraham is to return to face his old club.
They saw him score plenty of goals in the Championship last term, and he has continued his fine form in the Premier League in 2019/20.
With Jamie Vardy having pulled further ahead of him in the goalscoring charts a the weekend, Abraham will be itching to get back on track.