Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has revealed new signings Hakim Ziyech and Ben 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 Football, but Lampard is set to be without several of his new arrivals.
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.
“Ziyech took an injury in the pre-season friendly against Brighton and he won’t be fit, but we hope it will only be a couple of weeks,” Lampard said.
“Chilwell also won’t be fit but he has improved this week. Silva is in London but not training until the weekend, so I doubt he’ll be in contention.”
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 said at Thursday’s press conference: “I am certainly very happy to have them both back. They have trained since yesterday and are in contention for Monday. They seem over those injuries.”