This is indeed good news for Chelsea as Frank Lampard has confirmed that Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech who have been injured are now available for selection ahead of Crystal Palace match.
Hakim Ziyech is in contention to make his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon having taken a full part in training this week, while Christian Pulisic is also close to a return in a significant boost for Frank Lampard.
Whether Lampard includes Ziyec in his squad remains to be seen but the Morocco star has fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained in the club’s only pre-season friendly away to Brighton on August 29.
While Ziyech is unlikely to start, he could be named on the bench against Roy Hodgson’s team.
Lampard may take a cautious approach with Pulisic, who has suffered from a series of niggles since joining the club last year, having previously warned of the need for load management.
The American injured a hamstring in the FA Cup final but returned to training towards the end of pre-season. He was going to be in contention for the Premier League opener away to Brighton, which Chelsea won 3-1, only to suffer a setback in training 48 hours before.
With the international break coming after the visit of Palace to Stamford Bridge, Lampard may protect the 21-year-old for another fortnight rather than rush him back for a game in which they will be expected to win comfortably despite Palace’s good start to the campaign.
Lampard will provide a firm update on the fitness of both when he speaks to the media this afternoon but speaking before the midweek defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur he said that both were “not far away” from involvement.