Lampard and Oscar back for Basel battle

Midfield duo Frank Lampard and Oscar will both start this evening’s Champions League group opener against FC Basel at Stamford Bridge.

The pair came off the bench in the second half of the 1-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday afternoon – the Blues’ first loss in the league this season.

Manager Jose Mourinho has no injury concerns ahead of the game, though he is set to name four players under the age of 22 against one of the sides the club beat en route to winning the Europa League last season.

Meanwhile, Demba Ba is ready to fight for his place in Mourinho’s starting eleven, BT Sport understands.

The striker was on the verge of securing a loan move to Arsenal during the summer transfer window only for the Blues boss to pull the plug on a potential deal following the North London sides capture of Mesut Ozil.

Senegal international Ba has made just one appearance for the club this season, and has fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Samuel Eto’o.

He admitted that he was interested in moving to the Gunners, as he believed that was his best opportunity to play more games, but he will now look to kick start his Chelsea career.

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