The boss was vocal about missing the two assaulting celebrities, but his second opponent pointed out they’ve done without Kane before.
Chelsea director Frank Lampard has played Jose Mourinho’s injury complaints about Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, pointing out that a prior Tottenham boss whined all too well with no England dangerman.
Mourinho has described his side’s injury plight as the”worst in Europe for a particular position” with the pair, thought to be set for long spells on the sideline.
Chelsea also have been hit by their worst accident length of the year, with N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi likely to miss out on Saturday as Lampard gears up to face his former Blues coach.
Tammy Abraham has been struggling and is training at 70 percent, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek may make the seat after eight months out and Andreas Christensen can play in a protective mask after breaking his nose.
Amid the backdrop of his own injury problems, Lampard believes Mourinho’s side are not any weaker ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge.
“I think most of us feel exactly the same as supervisors,” Lampard told reporters. “When you have big players hurt, you know how much you miss them. However, they also have a large squad. As I said, we had five enormous ones in pre-season and four or five in the present time.
“You may feel that and I know his feelings since you want all of your top players fit. However, it does not make me believe they are any poorer, whatever Jose says. I know we have got a tough team coming tomorrow.
“An unbelievable player like Harry Kane is a miss and currently Son is a miss, but with Harry Kane, it always amazed me that the stats when [Mauricio] Pochettino was the director and Harry Kane was hurt a few times.
“They stayed a force because they had players who could fill in. When you’re talking about players like Dele Alli, whose sport is to arrive from slightly behind and split lines consistently, Lucas Moura is comparable and he’s qualities, [Steven] Bergwijn has come and has those similar qualities.
“I’ve watched a lot of these lately and they’re a threat. This is a London derby against Tottenham, I think whatever team they put out will always be a threat in this sort of game.”
With Kante out hurt, Lampard may turn to a midfield of Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho as he did in the 2-0 home loss to Manchester United on Monday.
Mount arrived for Kante in the 12th minute but he’s come in for criticism from sections of the club’s fan base after struggling to score in recent weeks. The 21-year-old has gone 14 games without a goal after contributing six strikes earlier in the season.
Lampard has defended Mount’s ending and insists that conducts of bad form are normal for players of the era.
“I understand Mason from working with him that he is tough on himself,” Lampard added. “I understand since the Tottenham match [where he played well] that he’ll wish to have more output in terms of aids and goals because that is what he is very capable of.
“He is fine, he is very conscious of that. I’ve very frank conversations with Mason and he wants the best for himself and that I see it out there daily. Even if those goals and assists are not quite coming, he’ll fight his way through it, no problem.
“Individually you endure periods of shape and as a young player, you must understand more and be more sensitive to the fact that may affect confidence because they have been thrust to the team this season and it is new and the eyes of the world are on them, which is a huge deal.
“It is a test for the younger players and I believe with the physical nature of the league over the year it was always going to come, we would have little drops, and how they come from it could be the making of them.
“It is always the same. It is how they train, it is how they work, it is the attention that they have which can bring them through. I think in most of them, whether they are in dips or not. I believe they will all be top players for this club but they must keep pushing and they need to be powerful in moments such as this.”
Lampard has been lauded for providing debuts to eight academy players this year but in recent weeks he’s used Mount and Fikayo Tomori more sparingly, while Abraham has fought with his fitness.
The director was also not able to bring any players in the transport market despite FIFA’s ban being lifted before the transfer window in January.
1 bit of good news, however, arrives in the form of Loftus-Cheek, who will soon return to increase the squad – though Lampard remains unsure over whether he’ll feature against Spurs.
“He had a little issue and we felt it was not right to risk him [for the current Under-23s match against Arsenal],” he explained. “It was tiny, but it was one of the people wanted to control somewhat more so we came out from that. He needs to match fitness.
“Putting him in the group is a matter of,’Can he make an impact if he has to come on?’ I can already see his effect and what he brings. I knew it already, but to find the level in training firsthand has been fine. Can he sustain that over 90 minutes right now? No. We’ll need to work towards that.”