Hakim Ziyech has been called up to the Morocco squad for two friendlies this month despite struggling with a knee injury that has prevented him from making his Chelsea debut.
This could be one of the rare cases when Chelsea fans aren’t happy at news their player will represent their national side.
The 27-year-old featured in the pre-season friendly against Brighton last month but injured his knee and has been out of the team since.
Ziyech recently returned to training and could make his Chelsea debut in Saturday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace – if Frank Lampard and his medical team deem him fit enough.
If he has to miss out on the London derby, Ziyech could return to the pitch wearing Morocco red instead.
The winger has been named in the 26-man Morocco squad for their international friendlies against Senegal (Friday, 9 October) and Congo (Tuesday, 13 October).
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Vahid Halilhodžić has named a 26-player squad for the October training camp at Mohammed VI Football Complex.
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More optimistic Chelsea fans would consider this as an opportunity for the winger to get some minutes under his belt before returning to action with Chelsea. Others will see it as an unnecessary risk of further injury.
After the international break, the Blues will return to action on Saturday, 17 October for a Premier League home fixture against Southampton.