Frank Lampard confirms huge injury blow and Kai Havertz status for Chelsea to Brighton trip

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Kai Havertz is in line to make his Chelsea debut at Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night, with Christian Pulisic in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury. There was less positive news regarding Hakim Ziyech, the new signing who injured his knee during the pre-season friendly at Brighton last Saturday. He could be out for an extended period with Frank Lampard saying he hopes it is only a matter of weeks.

The availability of Pulisic is a boost. The USA international tore his hamstrings in the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal in early August and the initial diagnosis suggested he would miss the first two games of the 2020/21 campaign.

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However, Pulisic has been training in recent days and will be part of the travel group that will travel to the south coast alongside the £ 72million signing of Bayer Leverkusen and fellow German international Timo Werner.

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta will also be part of the team after recovering from a hamstring injury.

“They are in contention for Monday,” Lampard said of Pulisic and Azpiliueta. “The way they train and the attitude they have seems to be about their injuries. We will have to deal with this. ”

The free agent who signs Thiago Silva will not train until the weekend, so he is almost certain not to be involved, while Ben Chilwell is not ready despite the progress made in his recovery from his injury at the foot.

“Hakim Ziyech injured his knee against Brighton and will therefore not be in good shape. Hopefully it will be a matter of weeks, weeks, but we have to see. Added Lampard.

“Ben Chilwell is working out in fitness and has improved this week going in the right direction but won’t be ready for Brighton.

“Thiago is in London but does not train with us until the weekend, so not in contention for the Brighton game. ”

Mateo Kovacic is suspended following his dismissal in the Cup final, while Billy Gilmour continues to recover from knee surgery.

“Billy will be out for a few more months, other than that we are in good shape,” added Lampard.

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