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Chelsea handed Mason Mount injury boost ahead of Liverpool clash


Mason Mount has not given up on being fit in time for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Liverpool this Sunday despite hobbling off with an ankle injury in their Champions League defeat at home to Valencia on Tuesday night.

Francis Coquelin was extremely fortunate not to be shown red for his reckless challenge on the 20-year-old, who had to be replaced by Pedro after 16 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard’s side looked alarmingly short of ideas in attack without him, failing to break down a Valencia side that shipped in five against Barcelona over the weekend, before conceding the game’s decisive goal when Rodrigo got on the end of a free-kick and converted past Kepa Arrizabalaga with 15 minutes remaining.

It was initially feared that Mount had damaged ligaments in his ankle, which would have kept the midfielder out for a number of weeks.

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Mount hobbled off in the 16th minute of the Blues’ 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia after being taken out by Francis Coquelin

Yet thankfully for Chelsea, scans yesterday revealed that he only has a sprained ankle – meaning there is a chance he could be fit for Sunday’s pivotal showdown with Liverpool at the Bridge.

Mount began his rehabilitation yesterday, with Blues chiefs treating him intensively in a bid to speed up his recovery ahead of what will be a huge afternoon for Lampard.

The club’s all-time record goalscorer is still looking for his first home win since returning as head coach, with only two draws and a defeat under his belt in SW6 so far, and he will hope Mount can feature having bagged three goals in five league games this season.

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Tuesday’s slip-up against Valencia also proved a miserable night for Ross Barkley, who fired a penalty over the bar in the 86th minute having ignored offers from Willian and Jorginho to take the crucial spot-kick instead.

The England midfielder insists he felt confident beforehand, while confirming he is Chelsea’s designated penalty taker when on the field.

“When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty,” he said.

“Obviously I didn’t execute it right but everybody misses penalties.

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Ross Barkley missed a crucial penalty late on for the Blues on Tuesday night

“The players were encouraging me to score. Obviously they felt confident as well – but I practice every day.

“They would have been willing to take the penalty – but I felt confident.

“On a sheet in the changing rooms it says I’m on penalties if I’m on the pitch. Otherwise, its Jorginho.

“I don’t miss them in training and in pre-season I scored penalties. If there had been another penalty in the game, I would have been confident to take it.”



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