Just In: Frank Lampard drops huge boost about Hakim Ziyech ahead of Krasnodar v Chelsea

Frank Lampard has hinted that talisman Hakim Ziyech could get his first start for Chelsea when the Blues take on Krasnodar in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old Morocco international has been settling into life at Stamford Bridge after having signed for for the west London club from Ajax earlier in the year.

His integration into the first team was delayed by an injury he suffered in pre-season, but the technically gifted Morocco winger has been used as a substitute in recent games.

Ziyech is yet to make his first start for Chelsea as he continues to work on his fitness levels.

However, Frank Lampard has now suggested that the 27-year-old is close to being fit enough to play from the start ahead of Blues’ trip to face Russian side Krasnodar on Wednesday night in Europe’s elite club competition.

‘Hakim Ziyech is now looking like he is coming close to starting a game with his fitness,’said Lampard after Blues’ goalless draw against United on Saturday.

Frank Lampard also admitted that he is exciting about the attacking prowess shown by his team in recent games, despite the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner having fired blanks at Old Trafford.

He continue: ‘I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there.

‘It is normal it will take some time for the relationships in the side to form, whether we want to play the ball in behind or to feet.

‘We are in such an early part of the season and I know the qualities and the reasons we brought Timo and Kai into the club. I know the qualities we already have there.’

After Wednesday night’s trip to Russia, Chelsea will return to Premier League action with a trip to Burnley on Saturday as they aim to return to winning ways in the top flight.

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