London Blues have a reputation for being active in the transfer market but they have paused loan negotiations for some youngster, considering their FA Cup options.
halted talks of loan transfers until mid-January to allow
to pick as many Under-23s as possible to participate in the
are possible options to start against the League Two team on January 10.
However, the game remains in doubt due to the COVID-19 outbreak at Morecambe.
Chelsea’s next rivals,Manchester City
, also postponed their match against Everton for the same reason, but Chelsea will continue until told otherwise by the Premier League.
"I think it is a key time and a tough time,"
Lampard said following his side's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Monday
. "I think we felt that coming as tier-4 came in with the surge [in Covid-19 cases]. We have to get safety as paramount.
"I believe that’s why the game has been called off, because of the spread in the squad for Man City. From our point of view, I will find out in the next day or two because it has to be safe for the two teams. If not, the game won’t go ahead.
"I think the Premier League will direct us on that, but yes, it is a tough time. I am not surprised because how Covid is in the UK is difficult for everybody. Football isn’t different all the time, so we will have to see what the Premier League come up with. But safety is paramount."