Frank Lampard expects the court of arbitration for sport to announce its ruling on Chelsea’s appeal against their two-window transfer ban “very soon”.
The club are unable to make signings until February 2020 after they were found guilty by Fifa of breaking transfer regulations relating to minors. They were also fined £460,000 and failed to overturn the decision when presenting their case to Fifa’s appeals committee in April.
Chelsea’s case was heard by Cas last month and their hopes of making signings during the January transfer window rest on winning the appeal. Lampard has said that Chelsea will look to spend in the event of their ban being overturned and the manager was asked when he expected an announcement from Cas. “Very soon, I believe,” he replied. “Days, I think”
Lampard, who is hopeful that Tammy Abraham will shake off a hip injury to start when Chelsea host Aston Villa on Wednesday, added that he had not made any decisions on what he wants to do with his squad yet. “I haven’t heard any more,” he said. “So I would wait and reserve judgment until we get the judgment and see where we want to go from there.”
Chelsea could allow Olivier Giroud and Pedro to leave in January. Giroud disappointed after being handed a rare start during the 1-0 home defeat by West Ham last Saturday and the France striker, who has fallen below Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in the pecking order, has been targeted by Crystal Palace.
Pedro also had a poor game against West Ham and is out of contract at the end of the season. The 32-year-old winger has been linked with a return to Spain and has struggled to break into Lampard’s side.
Chelsea missed Abraham against West Ham and Lampard will leave it late before deciding whether to pick the striker against Villa. “We’re giving him every possible chance to be fit,” he said. “He’s still got some pain in the area of the injury. We’ll make a judgment tomorrow. It’s painful for him, so it’s a pain threshold and whether it affects his movements.”