Latest Chelsea team news and injury updates on Hakim Ziyech ahead of the Premier League clash against Everton.
Chelsea took on Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge in their final Champions League group stage match on Wednesday night, with a 1-1 draw against their Russian opponents sealing top spot in the group.
The Blues were heading into the game in excellent form – winning eight of their previous nine fixtures – but were held to a draw after slipping behind, with a Jorginho penalty levelling the scores during the first half.
Despite dominating the game, Frank Lampard’s side had to settle for a point, but will be heading into their next game at Everton reassured by their place among the top seeds for the knockout stage draw.
They face former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park, with his side suffering a dip in form after a strong start to the season
Ahead of the game, here is the latest on the injury front for the Blues.
Lampard said post match: “It’s the hamstring. He felt it go so we will have to find out what degree it is over the next couple of days.”
The influential midfielder had a scan on Monday, with Lampard revealing that he is hoping both the former Ajax star and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be back for their Boxing Day trip to face Sheffield United at Brammall Lane.
“Both players will hopefully be fit in two weeks,” Lampard told reporters. “They had scans yesterday [Monday]. I think that’s positive, particularly with Hakim.
Kai Havertz was back into the starting line up for the Champions League clash, playing 75 minutes of the encounter, while Olivier Giroud came off the bench to replace Tino Anjorin , who was making his full debut for the club.
Against Krasnodar, young midfielder Billy Gilmour made his first start for the club since undergoing knee surgery back in July, playing a full 90 minutes.
Lampard stated after the game that there were no new injury worries following the draw.
“Our own attitude and how we approached it… our attitude was great. And no injuries, minutes for players. Billy Gilmour back in the side, Tino Anjorin’s debut at this level.
“I thought Billy was outstanding on his full return. I felt comfortable with him coming back in because he’s trained so well.”