Chelsea boss Frank Lampard offers Hakim Ziyech injury update after Brighton friendly

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirmed Hakim Ziyech will be further assessed by the club’s medical staff after the new signing limped off against Brighton on Saturday. Ziyech was taken off in the second half after appearing to hurt his knee at the Amex. 

Ziyech made a good impression in his Chelsea debut on Saturday. 

The £37.5million man was handed a start in his first game, playing on the right-hand-side of an attacking trio behind fellow new arrival Timo Werner. 

He made a quick start, curling in a delightful cross which Callum Hudson-Odoi nodded down for Werner to score his first goal after four minutes. 

The winger looked electric during his time on the pitch, but his debut was cut short after he appeared to take a knock on his knee. 

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Speaking after the game, Lampard told the Chelsea website that Ziyech took “a little twist to the knee that will be looked at.” 

Fans will be hoping Ziyech was taken off as a precaution, with the Blues’ Premier League campaign set to begin in just two weeks. 

In an Instagram post after the game, Ziyech didn’t mention the injury.  

He wrote: “It felt good to finally make my first minutes in blue. 

“Can’t wait for the league to start.” 

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Chelsea were without new signings Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva for the trip to Brighton on Saturday, with both missing out.  

Chilwell is still nursing a heel injury, while Silva was signed too late in the week for the deal to be done. 

In Silva’s case, he only finished playing last season a week ago, having played the whole game in the Champions League final for Paris Saint-Germain.  

Their starting XI when the Premier League season gets underway will likely be significantly different to Saturday’s. 

 

Both new signings are set to be involved from the get-go, while they are still in the market for two more signings. 

Blues chiefs are desperate to secure a deal to sign Kai Havertz, and are believed to be closing in on an agreement. 

They are set to pay Bayer Leverkusen £70m – with add-ons and installments bringing it to £90m. 

Lampard is also keen to swap Kepa Arrizabalaga for a different goalkeeper, with Ajax’s Andre Onana a potential replacement.  

 

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