Frank Lampard has a range headache heading into Chelsea’s subsequent match in opposition to Southampton, with one participant match to return and one other set to overlook out.
The Blues put of their finest efficiency of the season final day out, thrashing Crystal Palace 4-0, and so they’ll hope to observe it up this weekend with one other house victory.
And Lampard has been handed a lift heading into the Premier League conflict with Hakim Ziyech match and able to function for Chelsea for the primary time.
Winger Ziyech, who joined from Ajax earlier this yr, has missed the beginning of the marketing campaign having picked up a knee damage in pre-season, however he’s in rivalry to make his Blues debut in opposition to Saints.
He performed 31 minutes for Morocco final Friday and has now returned to Chelsea’s Cobham coaching floor after an settlement was reached between membership and nation for him to depart worldwide responsibility early.
Whereas a begin in opposition to Southampton is unlikely, Lampard will love to have the ability to name Ziyech off the bench at Stamford Bridge ought to the Blues be needing a objective.
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However whereas Ziyech has returned from damage in time for Saturday’s conflict, it seems Lampard has been hit by some dangerous luck within the goalkeeping division.
In line with soccer.london, summer season signing Edouard Mendy will miss out in opposition to Saints on account of a thigh damage he suffered whereas on worldwide responsibility with Senegal.
The previous Rennes glovesman, who was introduced in to interchange the under-fire Kepa, has made solely two appearances for Chelsea since his arrival in west London, however he’s anticipated to not be match this weekend.
He has returned from the Senegal camp to Chelsea for assessments on his damage, with as but no data as to how lengthy he might be sidelined for.
For Lampard, Mendy’s damage means he’ll both need to recall Kepa to the beginning XI, or select third-choice Willy Caballero as his beginning glovesman in opposition to Saints.
Left-back Ben Chilwell might additionally miss out on Saturday as he’s pulled out of the England squad after aggravating a foot damage which made him miss the beginning of the season, however Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner are totally match after latest damage points and will each begin in opposition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s facet.