Frank Lampard says he would be prepared to discuss Olivier Giroud’s future in January after the forward admitted he could be forced to consider his options if he remains on the fringes of the Chelsea line-up.

Giroud, who was on the bench again in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United, revealed his frustrations while on international duty with France last week, saying that, at the age of 33, he was anxious for more game time.

The emergence of Tammy Abraham as Lampard’s first-choice striker this season means Giroud’s only Premier League start so far came against Leicester City in August. The forward is again expected to be on the bench when Chelsea visit Amsterdam for their Champions League group meeting with Ajax on Wednesday.

Goals against Iceland and Turkey during the most recent international break confirmed Giroud’s continuing threat and Lampard made it clear he would like to keep the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge, while Abraham spoke on Saturday about his more senior team-mate’s influence on his own form.