Chelsea boss Frank Lampard concerned by two players whose futures are now in doubt

Chelsea stars Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi will have to fight for their future at Stamford Bridge, according to reports. Loftus-Cheek is currently on loan at Fulham after it became clear his game time under Lampard would be limited. However, it has not gone to plan so far for the 24-year-old.

Loftus-Cheek has started just two Premier League games for Fulham and was dropped to the bench for the 1-0 defeat to West Ham last time out.

The England international missed the majority of last season with a serious Achilles injury.

Meanwhile, Hudson-Odoi has struggled to kick on since speculation over a move to Bayern Munich two winters ago.

The winger had an Achilles injury of his own and has been hampered by a number of smaller problems since recovering from that 14 months ago.

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He has started just one Premier League game so far this term and Eurosport claim there is a chance he will go out on loan in January.

The report says Lampard is concerned about the way Hudson-Odoi applies his undoubted talent.

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Meanwhile, Loftus-Cheek’s lack of game time at Fulham is also said to be a concern at Chelsea.

Chelsea are set to make a decision over the midfielder’s long-term future at the end of the season.

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Both players signed new long-term contracts in 2019, keeping them at Chelsea until 2024.

But the arrival of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in the summer could end up spelling the end of the pair’s time at the club, unless they can turn things around.

Hudson-Odoi scored and assisted for the England under-21s in their 3-1 win over Andorra last week.

And the 20-year-old insisted he was starting to finally feel back to his best.

He told BT Sport: “I feel like I’m still improving, I’m still trying to get more strength in the calf which I lost a lot of muscle from.

“But I feel like I’m getting back to my best and hopefully sooner or later I’ll be back to normal as I was before.

“I just want to keep improving, keep working hard daily and keep getting better day-by-day.

“Of course you want to be in the senior team, you want to be competing up there every time.

“But, no matter what level I’m playing at, I want to try my best and work hard every day and hopefully get into the seniors.

“If it’s going up and down, I want to make sure I stay up there so I want to keep working hard, keep my mentality strong.”

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