Latest Chelsea Injury Report: Lampard Provides Updates On Ziyech And James

Latest Chelsea Injury Report: Lampard Provides Updates On Ziyech And James

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he is hopeful that Hakim Ziyech will be available to face Manchester City this weekend.

The Moroccan international was only expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury but he has not featured since pulling up in the early stages of the 3-1 win over Leeds at the start of the month. Lampard says the 27-year-old is now closing in on his comeback:

“There’s a possibility he could be fit for Manchester City if it goes ahead on Sunday. He’s certainly progressing to the point where he’s very close to fitness.”

Reece James was also a surprise omission from the starting line up for the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Monday but Lampard revealed that the right-back had suffered a “small” hamstring problem in the build-up to the match and was left out as a precaution.

James also has a knee issue that needs to be managed carefully so it is very much 50/50 as to whether he’ll be included in the eleven when the Blues host City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

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