Frank Lampard has discussed Chelsea’s injury concerns ahead of the weekend with four key players set to miss the clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea host the champions in the first match between the Premier League’s ‘top six’ this season, with both clubs keen to secure a positive result after opening the season with three points last weekend.
Lampard, however, confirmed that his side will be without several key personnel with summer signing Ben Chilwell still not yet fit to make his debut, whilst Christian Pulisic is also not available following the hamstring injury he suffered in last month’s FA Cup final.
Hakim Ziyech is also not ready to make his Chelsea bow after picking up a knock in pre-season, though there was more positive news on Timo Werner, the forward ready to face the Reds after picking up a knee problem during the 3-1 win at Brighton.
”Ben Chilwell not ready for the game,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference. “Christian Pulisic not ready. We hope they’re training and progressing over the next. Hakim Ziyech also not ready, same story. Timo Werner is fit.”
Lampard also spoke on Thiago Silva after the defender joined up with his new Chelsea teammates this week, the Brazil international having signed on a free transfer from Champions League finalists Paris-Saint-Germain.
The centre-back will continue to work on his fitness in the coming days, though Lampard confirmed the game with Liverpool will come ‘too soon’ for the veteran defender.
”He’s been training for three or four days,” said Lampard. “We’re working with him on his fitness Liverpool will come too soon for him.”
Lampard discussed the qualities he believes Silva can bring to his side following the 35-year-old’s initial impressions at Chelsea, describing the defender as ‘a leader’ and says the star will become an important figure once he adjusts to English football and gets a better grasp of the language.
”He’s certainly a leader,” Lampard insisted. “He doesn’t speak the language that great but something we’ll work on quickly. The presence, attitude in training and quality – he will lead. It’s all you can ask for as a coach.”