Frank Lampard has revealed that Hakim Ziyech is set for a scan on his hamstring injury this afternoon and will miss Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Krasnodar along with Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was struck down with a similar problem in training.
Ziyech has had a stop-start debut season for Chelsea and managed just half an hour of the side’s 3-1 victory over Leeds United at the weekend, coming off with a hamstring issue at Stamford Bridge.
It’s the latest setback for the Morocco international, who was forced to miss the start of the campaign following a knee injury in the Blues’ pre-season friendly with Brighton.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Chelsea head coach Lampard confirmed: ‘Ziyech is going for a scan this afternoon so I will have more information tomorrow on his hamstring injury.
‘He is out and Callum Hudson-Odoi is out, he also had a hamstring problem in training too.’
Lampard is convinced Ziyech will be an ‘important player’ despite a ‘disappointing’ time with injuries at the start of his Chelsea career.
‘I actually wasn’t concerned because I thought he was looking great,’ Lampard added.
‘He came to us quite a while ago now, in restart, and trained a lot.
‘The injury was obviously disappointing and he missed some weeks but straightaway he showed his intensity to work in the gym and the training pitch as soon as he was back and when he came in, he hit the ground running.
‘I hope this is a minor injury and we’ll find out with the scan today.
‘The feeling he had since the game is that it doesn’t feel too bad which I’m hoping means we’re talking a couple of weeks but we’ll have to wait for the scan on that one.
‘But I’m not worried too much because I think he’s a fit lad. I can manage around that, we can work him in training but he’s already shown he’s going to be an important player for us.
‘Part of my job and sport science and medical is to find a balance for him with him missing a bit of pre-season but I’m not completely worried.’
Chelsea qualified for the knockout stage of the competition last month following their 2-1 victory away to Group E rivals Rennes.