CHELSEA have sent Tammy Abraham to a specialist in Spain in an effort to finally solve the riddle about what is causing the striker’s ankle problem.
Abraham has been dogged by an issue in his right ankle since suffering the injury colliding with advertising hoardings in the draw against Arsenal in January.
The 22-year-old has played with painkilling injections since then but hardly trained – and a brief substitute appearance against Bayern Munich saw the problem flare up again.
The club’s medical team have not been able to pinpoint exactly what the issue is, and now the striker has travelled to Barcelona for a second opinion.
Boss Frank Lampard said: “He went abroad, he went to Barcelona to have a look at his ankle, get some other eyes on it.
“I’m hoping it’s not a long-term injury but at the same time I cannot tell you he will be ready for Tuesday or Sunday.”
Abraham is now expected to miss Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Liverpool.
The England man was absent as Chelsea drew 2-2 with Bournemouth on a tumultuous afternoon at the Vitality Stadium.
Olivier Giroud again started in his place for Frank Lampard's side, but failed to make the same impact that he did against Spurs last weekend.
Lamps turned to Michy Batshuayi late on, who also struggled to lay a glove on the Cherries.
In the end, the Blues found themselves relying on the goalscoring prowess of left wing-back Marcos Alonso.
The Spaniard bagged his second of the match with five minutes of normal time remaining to break Bournemouth hearts and seal a 2-2 draw for Chelsea.
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