'Bad news to Arsenal': Some Chelsea fans saw something very exciting in training yesterday

Chelsea supporters on social were sent into a mini frenzy after they realised Hakim Ziyech had returned to training following his shoulder injury.

A few photos were posted yesterday by the Fifth Stand App, which captured the Moroccan back in full swing without a sling.

Ziyech was forced off early in the UEFA Super Cup final after damaging his shoulder, a wound that Thomas Tuchel described as ‘serious’.

It was a mighty slash to the 28-year-old’s sails, who had been cruising along very nicely up to that point in pre-season.

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No definitive date was given for his recovery, as Chelsea prepared to be without their stylish forward for several games of the new campaign.

However, the masterminds at Cobham must have found a magic formula to restore Ziyech back to full health so quickly.

Just in time for the Premier League trip to Arsenal this Sunday.

Blues fans typed away in understandable delight as their attacker is now in contention to face the Gunners this weekend.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

Hakim’s health

Of course, the extent of Ziyech’s fitness cannot be fully assessed from just a few snaps.

But if he’s able to rub shoulders with his teammates, then the signs are certainly positive.

Whether he features against Arsenal is another matter.

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Not that this will downgrade Chelsea’s front line in the slightest.

Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Mason Mount or Callum Hudson-Odoi could all be called up by Tuchel.

Oh, and there’s the small matter of Romelu Lukaku potentially marking his homecoming as well.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.