Chelsea interim boss Frank Lampard has provided an update on Reece James and Mason Mount ahead of Sunday's final game of the season against Newcastle United.

The Blues host Eddie Howe's side looking to end the season on a positive note. The game will be Lampard's final one of his difficult second spell at Stamford Bridge and could also be the final chance to see a number of players in blue ahead of the summer.

One player who supporters will be desperate to see before his potential exit is Mount. The Cobham graduate is yet to commit his future to the club and has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool

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Mount has not played since the Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid due to a pelvic issue. Yet, after Chelsea's 4-1 defeat to Man United on Thursday, Lampard provided a glimmer of hope that the 24-year-old could return to action on Sunday.

Asked if he will look to give Mount a chance to say goodbye to supporters, Lampard replied: "Mason is going to be really tight."

However, Reece James will miss the game after reports of another setback. It was reported on Thursday that the right-back had tweaked his hamstring in training.

"Reece won't be fit," Lampard confirmed. "He came out yesterday (Wednesday) and went back in but because he had a little bit of an awareness but we hope the scan will show there is no real damage. It was just a little reminder that it is a bit too early to be out.

Elsewhere Benoit Badiashile will miss the game with a serious groin injury. "It's a big blow for him and I am disappointed for him," Lampard said. "He has come here and impressed and the games just before he got injured I was very happy with him.

"He is going to be a good player for this club. "It is an unfortunate, complicated injury and it is months rather than weeks.

"I hope for him that the timing of it over the summer means that he won't miss games and he will come back stronger."

N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Marc Cucurella and Armando Broja will sit the game out.

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