Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed a few members of the first will not be available for Chelsea’s first Premier League match of the new season against Brighton on Monday.
The boss rules out Hakim Ziyech, Billy Gilmour and Ben Chilwell from the game but didn’t give a specific answer concerning Thiago Silva, who is yet to start training with the group.
“Hakim Ziyech took an injury to his knee against Brighton in the friendly game so he won’t be fit,” he said during his press conference, as quoted by chelseafc.com.
“We hope it’s a matter of weeks, hopefully, a couple of weeks, but we will have to see on that one.
“Ben Chilwell is working towards fitness. He won’t be fit for Brighton. He has developed and improved this week and going in the right direction, which is good news for us.
“Thiago Silva is now in London but not training with us until the weekend, so I doubt very much he will be in contention for the Brighton game.
“Other than that, Billy Gilmour is a longer-term injury, he will be out for a couple of months more, but other than that we are in decent shape.”
However, new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are set to start on Monday while Azpilicueta, Pulisic and Reece James have recovered from their injuries and ready to play.