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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea continue to stutter along in the Premier League, this time being held by Aston Villa.

The Blues boss believes the absence of new signing Hakim Ziyech is costing his team.

Ziyech has not played since Chelsea beat Leeds on 5 December. Without the former Ajax playmaker, Lampard has watched his side lose three matches and draw against Aston Villa while adding just a single league win.

“I think with Hakim, the way he was playing, he was being very effective for us in terms of assists, goal creation, chance creation and some goals,” Lampard said.

“We were very fluid at the time. You’re going to miss players at that level when they drop out and we want him back.”

The point leaves Chelsea in sixth, level on points with Villa, who have played two games fewer than their cash-rich opponents from Monday.

Next up for the Blues is welcoming Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on 3 January.

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