Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has been speaking ahead of the season opener against Brighton where he gave updates on new signings Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.
The match between Brighton and Chelsea will kickoff by 20:15 on Monday 13th September, 2020.
Lampard disclosed that both Ziyech and Chilwell will miss Monday’s match against Brighton, while Thiago Silva is unlikely to play.
The Blues start their Premier League season away to the Seagulls on Monday Night
Attacking midfielder Ziyech and left-back Chilwell are not expected to be fit enough to feature, while Brazil defender Silva is not yet training with the rest of the first team.
“Hakim Ziyech took an injury to a knee against Brighton so won’t be fit. Hopefully it’s a matter of weeks, a couple of weeks but we have to see,” Lampard said at Thursday’s press conference.
“Ben Chilwell is working towards fitness and improved this week. He’s going in the right direction but won’t be ready for Brighton.
“Thiago is in London but not training with us until the weekend, so I doubt he’s in contention for the game.”
Lampard has been boosted, though, by the return to fitness of Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta, who both sustained hamstring injuries in last season’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
He added: “I am certainly very happy to have them both back. They have trained since yesterday and are in contention for Monday.
“The way they are training and the attitudes they have looks like they are over their injuries. We’ll have to manage it.”
The match between Brighton and Chelsea will receive a lot of attention as the fans of the Blues are already waiting to see how the team will play with the new crop of players in the team.
The match will be shown live via television and can also be streamed live on the social media.
Pulisic, Timo, Havertz among others will do well to show the stuff they are made of.
This is one of the matches you don’t want to miss.