Following a 3-1 victory at Brighton in their Premier League opener, Chelsea are preparing to lock horns with league champions, Liverpool, on Sunday and we provide injury updates as the Blues prepare for the highly-anticipated clash.
Timo Werner (Thigh) – Potential return September 20
In Chelsea’s clash against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Monday, new signing Timo Werner, who was making his debut following his move from RB Leipzig in the summer, picked up an injury while winning a penalty for the Blues opener.
However, good news for Chelsea fans as head coach Frank Lampard revealed is confident the German will be fit to face Liverpool this weekend as the injury scare is just a dead leg.
“Timo took a bump when he won the penalty, so it’s more of a dead leg we hope,” Lampard said after the match.
“I would like to think if it is, we’ve got a bit of time for him to get back and right.”
Hakim Ziyech (Knee) – Potential return September 26
While fellow new boy Hakim Ziyech has been ruled out since picking up a knee injury in their pre-season friendly against Brighton.
Speaking before the Brighton game, Lampard said: “Hakim Ziyech took an injury to his knee against Brighton in the friendly game so he won’t be fit.
“We hope it’s a matter of weeks, hopefully a couple of weeks, but we will have to see on that one.
Ben Chilwell (Heel) – Potential return September 20
Former Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell could be in line for his Chelsea debut after picking up a heel injury against Crystal Palace last season while still at Leicester City
“Ben Chilwell is working towards fitness. He won’t be fit for Brighton.
“He has developed and improved this week and going in the right direction, which is good news for us,” said the Chelsea manager.
Christian Pulisic (Thigh) – Potential return September 20
American winger Christian Pulisic, who wowed the Premier League has been out since a hamstring injury against North London rivals Arsenal.
The 22-year-old has returned to full training with the Chelsea squad and might make his first season appearance against Liverpool, however, he remains a doubt due to match fitness after sitting out the Blues 3-1 victory at Brighton.
Pulisic might get a few minutes, however, after Lampard said it was a “big ask” for the American winger to be ready for the Brighton fixture last week.
Thiago Silva (Fitness) – Potential return September 20
Brazilian veteran defender Thiago Silva could also be ready for his debut this weekend following his move to the Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 35-year-old began training with his team-mates at the Cobham training center this week as he hopes to build up fitness ahead of the Blues Sunday clash with Liverpool.