Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed three summer signings are set to miss the opening fixture against Brighton.
Obviously it is far from ideal for the Blues, having three of their new recruits out of contention for their trip to Brighton’s Amex Stadium on September 14.
“Hakim Ziyech took an injury to his knee against Brighton in the friendly game so he won’t be fit,” Lampard told the media in today’s press conference (via Chelsea’s official website).
“We hope it’s a matter of weeks, hopefully a couple of weeks, but we will have to see on that one.”
While Ben Chilwell who was brought in from Leicester City, is still in recovery from a heel injury and although he has begun training, the left-back will not be 100% fit for Monday’s trip.
“He [Chilwell] has developed and improved this week and going in the right direction, which is good news for us.
‘Thiago Silva is now in London but not training with us until the weekend, so I doubt very much he will be in contention for the Brighton game.”
Apart from the aforementioned players, Lampard will be without two more players in Billy Gilmour (long-term knee injury) and Mateo Kovacic (suspension).
The Chelsea boss must have been relieved that he will have two important players; Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic, returning from injury sooner than expected, though.
“I am very happy to welcome them both back,” he added.
“Yesterday was their first day fully training with the team, so they’re in contention for Monday.
“The way they’re training and their attitude to come back, it looks like they’re over those injuries.
“I just have to make sure I manage them both back in, in their own ways.”