Abra­ham in­jury not as se­ri­ous as feared

The Citizen (KZN) - - Internatio­nal -

London – Chelsea striker Tammy Abra­ham (right) has played down con­cerns over a se­ri­ous-looking hip in­jury that he sus­tained dur­ing the team’s 2-2 Cham­pi­ons League draw at Va­len­cia on Wed­nes­day.

The 22-year-old, who is Chelsea’s top scorer this sea­son with 11 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions, went for a header but landed awk­wardly on Va­len­cia de­fender Eze­quiel Garay’s knee and was car­ried off on a stretcher be­fore half­time.

Chelsea man­ager Frank Lam­pard said the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional had taken a knock and Abra­ham later con­firmed the prob­lem was not as se­vere as he ini­tially feared.

“It’s much bet­ter than when it hap­pened. At the time I was fear­ful of the worst ob­vi­ously, but I got in and was able to walk again, move about,” Abra­ham told Chelsea TV.

“I’m thank­ful, hope­fully it’s not too long. I’ll have a scan to see what the news is but hope­fully it’s just a bruise. It was a knee near my hip area, hope­fully it’s noth­ing too se­ri­ous.”

Va­len­cia had taken the lead through Car­los Soler but Ma­teo Ko­vacic and Chris­tian Pulisic dragged Chelsea back into the game be­fore Daniel Wass earned the hosts a draw with a freak goal.

Chelsea are level on eight points with Va­len­cia in Group H but sit third be­low the Span­ish team, who have a bet­ter head-to­head record. Ajax Am­s­ter­dam are on top with 10 points.

Lam­pard’s side can reach the last 16 with a win over French side

Lille in their fi­nal group game.

“I’m happy to a de­gree. We came here to win a match but we ob­vi­ously re­spect the op­po­nent, the sta­dium and the Cham­pi­ons League,” Lam­pard added.

“It was a re­ally tough match but the draw keeps things in our hands for the last game against Lille. There were pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives in the game. –

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