Chelsea headlines tonight as the Blues dealt a blow to Declan Rice and Frank Lampard confirmed the news of injuries

Here are your headlines from Chelsea tonight on Wednesday, December 23rd.

Blowing rice

West Ham United are adamant that they will not sell Chelsea’s reported goal Declan Rice in the January transfer window, according to The Telegraph.

Rice has been the target of the Blues since the summer window, and it was recently claimed that Frank Lampard should pull the official move for the Hammers star in January.

However, according to the latest report, the Irons are determined not to allow the former Chelsea academy player to leave East London in the middle of the season.

Maybe it’s another Lampard window that failed to reach its priority target, and maybe it will have to wait until the end of the 2020/21 season to hand over its signature.

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The Blues suffer injuries

Chelsea will be without striker Hakim Ziyech for their Premier League clash on a boxing day with London rivals Arsenal, Lampard has confirmed.

The Blues head coach has revealed that Ziyech will remain on the sidelines after a tendon injury he sustained in his team’s win against Leeds United earlier this month.

“No, he will not be capable for Arsenal,” Lampard revealed at his pre-match press conference. “It’s a muscle injury so we have to wait for him to recover.

“It’s not a long-term concern and we hope to be back in about a week. It’s football when players play every two or three days.”

Meanwhile, double players Ben Chilwell and Reece James will also miss the game against the Gunners.

Read more about the latest news from Chelsea here.

Atletico takes the shot

Atletico Madrid winger Kieran Trippier will miss the first division match of the round of 16 of the Champions League with Chelsea in February.

Trippier was banned from playing football for 10 weeks today and fined £ 70,000 for violating the Football Association’s betting rules.

The former Tottenham Hotspur defender faced seven FA charges back in July 2019 – when he sided with Diego Simeone – four of which were proved and three rejected by an independent regulatory commission.

Frank Lampard talks to Callum Hudson-Odoi

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The English international’s ban will apply worldwide until 28 February, meaning he will miss the first of two games against Chelsea – the opening game on 23 February at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Trippier has been a constant presence on the Atletico team this season and his ban will be a huge blow to Simeone, both in La Liga and in the Champions League.