Lampard or Ivanovic: Who will Chelsea miss more?

The experienced Blues pair are set to be on the sidelines for the next month, in a blow for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Chelsea will need to face a tricky January fixture list without the services of experienced pair Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic, who have picked up injuries over the frantic festive season.

These absentees will mean that Jose Mourinho will need to shuffle his pack to find a winning formula, with Lampard’s absence in particular a reason for concern.

Despite the quality in the Blues’ squad, the options available to Mourinho in the centre of midfield are not as comprehensive as their title rivals.

As such, the west London outfit rely on the experience, goal threat and box-to-box play of 35-year-old Lampard as a ploy to the abilities of Ramires.

With the veteran on the sidelines, the Blues will look to the likes of Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel or David Luiz to fill a berth in the heart of the side.

As such, a move for someone like Fredy Guarin becomes more likely.

At the back, Ivanovic’s injury should result in the fielding of Cesar Azpilicueta on his natural right side, with Ashley Cole coming in at left-back.

The Blues will miss the Serb’s no-nonsense approach and uncompromising nature, with more emphasis on the side’s central defenders to step up as a result.

Mourinho will look to his captain John Terry to have an even more telling presence than usual, with the retired England international arguably the only dominant figure in the Chelsea side in the injured duo’s absence.

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