Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech suffered a knee injury during their pre-season friendly against Brighton on Saturday and could be another blow for the club’s pre-season planning.
The 27-year-old put on an impressive display in his first game as a Chelsea player.
His diagonal ball found Callum Hudson-Odoi inside the penalty area who then headed the ball across to Timo Werner.
It was a simple finish from the Germany international who scored his first goal for Chelsea.
Timo Werner scores less than 4 minutes into his Chelsea debut 🤩
What a ball from Ziyech to start the move. Wow. pic.twitter.com/HmInJxwMqS
— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) August 29, 2020
With Willian’s departure and Mason Mount reportedly in self-isolation along with several other Chelsea teammates after a short holiday, Ziyech also took the role as the main set-piece taker.
There was a moment in the first half where he curled in a free-kick from the left, but Werner’s header was off the mark.
His first appearance in blue did not end as expected, however.
The Morocco international walked off after he fell awkwardly by the touchline.
As reported by Chelsea’s official website, Frank Lampard described it as “a little twist to the knee that will be looked at”.
Hopefully, it will only be a minor issue, but it could still be a problem for Lampard’s pre-season plan ahead of their opening Premier League fixture, also against Brighton, on September 14.
Although judging by his Instagram post, Ziyech is clearly looking forward to his first competitive game for Chelsea.
As previously mentioned, as many as eight Chelsea players are reportedly undergoing a 14-day period of self-isolation, including Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, and Christian Pulisic and would not be available for the most part of the pre-season.
It remains unclear whether Thiago Silva would need to self-isolate as well, but fellow new signing Ben Chilwell will also miss the pre-season due to a heel injury.