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Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard Confirms GOOD Transfer Ban Appeal News

Chelsea Coach Frank Lampard has confirmed he will know in a few days if the blues can sign new players when their transfer ban is lifted. The Blues have challenged verdicts by FIFA's disciplinary and appeal committees which stated that they had violated rules protecting minors from trafficking on 150 occasions.

Those cases involved about 70 players.

Lampard is hopeful he will be able to strengthen his squad next month after being limited to signing Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal from Real Madrid last summer and adding Christian Pulisic, who signed in January.

Chelsea were expected to find out the result of their appeal by mid-December, and asked when they would hear in his press conference on Tuesday, Lampard said: 'I haven’t heard anything more, very soon I believe. Days.'

The Premier League club also broke rules prohibiting third-party influence on players, with FIFA imposing a fine of £467,000.

Chelsea have denied any wrongdoing and are already eyeing up potential recruits for next month after serving half of their two-window ban last summer.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Leicester full back Ben Chilwell are among those who are reportedly on Lampard's wishlist.

The Blues boss also had his say on his friend and Chelsea legend John Terry, who will return to Stamford Bridge as part of Aston Villa's coaching staff on Wednesday night.

'I went up against him [Terry] twice last year and have huge respect for the work he's doing with Dean Smith.
'It's about John and the reception he'll get from the fans - he deserves that moment.'

Ross Barkley will miss the game due to illness but Tammy Abrahamwill be given every chance to play after missing Saturday's defeat by West Ham.

Antonio Rudiger, meanwhile, has stepped up his training, but will not be fit enough for a return to first-team action for a couple of weeks.

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