Chelsea News: Updates on Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech ahead of Champions League match

After playing a goaless draw away to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday evening.the attention of Chelsea is now shifted to their Champions League game this week.

Manager Frank Lampard was adamant his side should have had a first-half penalty after United skipper appeared to wrap his arm tightly around Cesar Azpilicueta’s neck.

The incident was reviewed by VAR, but the hosts escaped punishment.

“I thought it was a clear penalty. Holding is allowed, but headlocks aren’t,” said Lampard.

This is the Blues’ second straight goalless draw following their 0-0 against Sevilla on Tuesday in their first Champions League group stage tie.

Chelsea sit sixth in the League on nine points, two points and a whopping nine places ahead of United.

Here is a round-up of all the very latest Chelsea injury news.

Thiago Silva

The return of the Brazilian provided the three-man defence more solidity.

Lampard had previously played down fears that Silva picked up a knock in the Sevilla game, after falling awkwardly in the second half.

“He has not flagged it, so I think we are okay,” Lampard said after the midweek game.

“I thought Thiago showed the things I have spoken about, his experiences and qualities.”

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Hakim Ziyech

Like last Saturday against Southampton, Hakim Ziyech was again named on the bench against Sevilla and Manchester United.

The Moroccan international came on in the 81st minute for Christian Pulisic at Old Trafford.

Ziyech is thought to still be building up his fitness after missing the start of the season with a knee injury.

“I still have a way to go,” he admitted, speaking to Bein Sports about his fitness levels.

“Obviously, I did not play for a long time even because of the virus, of course.

“And then it has just been a bit unlucky that the injury came. I just try to stay calm and then everything will come by itself.”

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Mason Mount

The midfielder started against Sevilla but only made the bench for United on Saturday.

The 21-year-old came on in the 72nd minute for Kai Havertz in Manchester.

The England international was substituted for Hakim Ziyech in the second half in the Sevilla match but that was thought to have been a tactical call.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

The 26-year-old has fallen out of favour with Lampard following the arrival of keeper Edouard Mendy.

The Spaniard didn’t play against United as he had a slight knock.

Lampard said: “Both [Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic] are fine, we’ve got a pretty clean bill of health on that side, other than Kepa who has a shoulder issue so won’t travel to Manchester.

“The only other player out is Billy Gilmour who is obviously long-term, but he’ll be back soon.

Billy Gilmour

He played no part in the United game but Lampard has confirmed that Billy Gilmour is making good progress following knee surgery.

“Billy is working really well,” Lampard said ahead of the Sevilla game. “He’s probably three or four weeks away from his return.

“He’s working outside with the physios at the moment but we hope to integrate him into training with either ourselves or the Under-21s at some point soon.

“We are probably looking at the other side of the next international break with Billy, all being well.”

Meanwhile Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic were all replaced against United but they were all tactical decisions and should be fine for the Champions League this week.

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