Mason Mount to face late Crystal Palace fitness test after returning to Chelsea training

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was handed a boost on Thursday night as midfielder Mason Mount returned to training despite fears of an ankle problem.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was handed a boost on Thursday night as midfielder Mason Mount returned to training despite fears of an ankle problem.

Mount, called up by England coach Gareth Southgate for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying games against Montenegro and Kosovo along with fellow Stamford Bridge teammates Fikayo Tomori, Ross Barkley, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, limped off injured in the dramatic 4-4 Champions League clash with Ajax on Tuesday.

There were initial fears that the injury, to Mount’s right ankle, could have been serious, and the 20-year-old had a scan on Wednesday.

But Mount trained yesterday, though not with the squad, and had further physiotherapy work later in the day.

Chelsea will give Mount, who has been a major success this season with four goals in 17 games, a fitness test on Friday before deciding whether he is fit enough to face Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

“They’ve strapped his ankle and hopefully it’s relatively minor,” said Lampard after the Ajax draw.

Another player who will hope to face Palace is full-back Reece James, who came off the bench to score against the Dutch visitors in midweek.

Lampard said of the academy talent’s display: “Reece is a fantastic young player. He gives what you saw and he can give even more, which is normal.

“I felt we needed to change to get more on the right hand side, get Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] on the left and Reece can deliver crosses with great quality.

“He knows we have Azpi there who is our captain and plays right back, but it shows there are things we can do to change if Reece if does that then he is a great player.

“He is going to be a top player for the club. He has got great quality.

“Modern full-backs expected now to join in, be a threat going forward and some in the Premier League are doing it in an outstanding way. Hopefully Reece can do it for us.”

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