Hakim Ziyech has left the Morocco squad prematurely forward of his Chelsea debut.
The £33million signing from Ajax is but to make his Blues bow resulting from a knee harm picked up in pre-season.
He returned to coaching shortly earlier than the worldwide break with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reluctant to incorporate him within the matchday squad for final weekend’s 4-Zero win over Crystal Palace.
A fit-again Ziyech linked up together with his Morocco teammates and was a 59th-minute substitute of their 3-1 win over Senegal on Friday.
However an settlement was struck between the Royal Moroccan Soccer Federation (RMFF) to permit Ziyech to return to Chelsea early.
It means the winger will miss Morocco’s pleasant in opposition to DR Congo on Tuesday as he makes his approach again to west London.
Ziyech can be hoping to make his Chelsea debut once they host Southampton subsequent weekend.
It’s a increase for Lampard, who appears set to be with out new goalkeeper signing Edouard Mendy.
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The £20m arrival from Rennes suffered a thigh harm throughout a coaching session with Senegal final week.
Mendy had impressed in his opening two Chelsea matches in opposition to Tottenham and Crystal Palace as Kepa Arizzabalaga watched from the bench.
Nonetheless, Lampard could possibly be compelled to recall the error-prone Spain goalkeeper if Mendy fails to be slot in time for the Southampton conflict.