EPL: Ziyech, Chilwell ruled out of Brighton clash

EPL: Ziyech, Chilwell ruled out of Brighton clash


Chelsea new boys Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell will miss the start of the Premier League season in a real blow to Frank Lampard , according to reports .
The Blues have been ruthless in the summer transfer window – signing Ziyech ( £ 37 m ) , Chilwell ( £ 50 m ) , Timo Werner ( £ 53 m ) , Kai Havertz ( £ 89 m ) while also
completing free transfers for Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.
However, according to The Athletic – Chelsea fans will have to wait to see both Ziyech and Chilwell in action after they are set to miss the start of the
campaign – in which they begin away at Brighton on Monday – due to injury.
Ziyech twisted his knee during Chelsea ’ s friendly against Brighton 11 days ago , which forced him off in the 54 th minute at the Amex Stadium .
Chilwell is still struggling with a heel injury after signing from Leicester – he has been working his way back to full fitness after picking up the problem
against Crystal Palace on July 4 .
However, fellow new boy Havertz is on course to make his debut at the Amex Stadium on Monday evening as Lampard ’s side look to get off to winning ways .
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been given a big boost with Christian Pulisic also in line to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the FA Cup
final defeat against London rivals Arsenal .
After spending £ 230 m in the summer window , the Blues will be desperate to get off to an emphatic start in the Premier League .
Lampard will be looking to make quick inroads with both Manchester City and Liverpool , who have been the dominant forces over the last couple of seasons .
Chelsea secured Champions League football on the final day of last season – finishing fourth , but a massive 33 points behind runaway winners Liverpool .

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