Chelsea will be without summer signings Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell due to injury when the season begins this weekend, according to reports.
Ziyech has been training throughout the summer with the Chelsea squad following his move from Ajax.
On August 29, the Moroccan playmaker made his debut for the club in a pre-season friendly with Brighton and played a role in Chelsea’s only goal of the match, which was scored by Timo Werner.
Ziyech came off in the second half with a knock to his knee and hasn’t been able to train since.
While Chilwell signed for Chelsea already nursing a heel injury.
And according to The Athletic, both players have already been ruled out of their season opener against Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
The report says the pair are likely to be out for a few more weeks.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be boosted by the return of Christian Pulisic after a hamstring injury.
The American looked set to be out for several weeks after collapsing to the ground in agony in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
However, his recovery has progressed quicker than expected and he is due to resume training with the team.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James are also expected to be available after minor injuries.
Meanwhile, Paul Merson has hailed the business done by Chelsea to improve their defence.
He told Sky Sports: “Chelsea have bought brilliantly. Ben Chilwell is a great signing. Yes, Marcos Alonso delivered goals, but Chelsea were weak down the left last season and needed a full-back to defend.
“Thiago Silva looks a shrewd piece of business, he a proper centre-half. If Chelsea can get a good year out of him, they have a chance.
“People highlight the fact that he’s 35-years-old, but football is about now, not four or five years down the line. Managers haven’t got four or five years, there is no point in them going out and buying a player for the future.
“If they do that, they will be watching that player from the TV after getting the sack.”
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