Chelsea attackers duo Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic will not be in contention for Blues away game against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow, according to Frank Lampard.
Ziyech and Pulisic are progressing well in training following knee and hamstring injuries but are not yet capable of playing.
When asking about Ziyech and Pulisic updates ahead of trip to West Bromwich Albion: ‘We hope to have them with us in proper match contention over the next week or two,’ Lampard said.
Lampard, also confirmed new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will not make his Chelsea debut tomorrow.
The 28-year-old Senegal international completed his £22million move from Rennes on Thursday, signing a five-year deal, but head coach Frank Lampard has ruled out a first start as he has not had enough time to train.
‘To start tomorrow is not going to happen,’ the head coach said. ‘He’s had along week where not really trained. It’s too tight a turnaround to put him in contention to start the game.’
Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are in line to make their Premier League debuts for the club after appearing in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup with Barnsley at Stamford Bridge.
‘I believe they are fit enough to start but I need to take into consideration we play against Tuesday and then the Saturday,’ Lampard said.
‘I’m managing that one. With Ben I’ll be a little more cautious as his injury has been a difficult one.’
Having said at the beginning of the week that his players are still in pre-season mode in terms of fitness, Frank Lampard will have been pleased to see several looked much sharper against the newly-promoted side.
It seems likely that Kai Havertz, who scored a hat-trick against Barnsley, will remain in the No10 role for the trip to Slaven Bilic’s side, who have recently signed former Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Timo Werner will return to the starting line-up but after Tammy Abraham impressed in midweek he could lead the attack with the Germany attacker moved to the left wing.
Starlet Billy Gilmour remains a long-term absentee following knee surgery late last season.