Hakim Ziyech set to play for Morocco despite missing Chelsea through injury

Hakim Ziyech is in the Morocco squad for their friendlies across the next fortnight despite not featuring for Chelsea yet.

Ziyech arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer though is yet to make his competitive Chelsea debut due to a knee injury.

He has recovered from that injury and been training with his Blues team-mates for the past couple of weeks.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard decided he was not worth risking for the weekend’s 4-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

Though he has linked up with his international team-mates and is available for friendlies against Senegal on Friday and DR Congo next Tuesday.

Ahead of the clash with Palace, Lampard had said: "Ziyech is getting closer but not close enough to be on the bench.”

It had been suggested that the 27-year-old may have been risked in a higher-stakes fixture, though was not needed in the end with the Blues being comfortable.

Former Ajax star Jesper Olsen believes Ziyech will be a star at Stamford Bridge when fully fit.

He told Stats Perform News: "There's no doubt he will be a success at Chelsea.

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"I think Frank Lampard has done a really good job. He knows the club inside out. Seems to be very good in terms of management and playing style.

“This is the important thing, he wants to attack and play offensive football. That will not be a problem [for Ziyech].

"The players coming out of Ajax, they are like that. Being a defender or midfielder, you are attacking-minded. No doubt about that."

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While upon signing, Ziyech himself said: "When you are a young guy you always want to play for a big club, in the Premier League of course.

'When I was young, the players that played here, it was always a big club so I am very happy and it means a lot.

“I was playing in the youth in Heerenveen and here was playing Drogba, Lampard, Terry, all those big names. We were always for Chelsea, and if you look at now, if you can play here it means a lot to me."

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