Frank Lampard provides injury update on £100,000-a-week attacker

Chelsea manager has revealed Hakim Ziyech will need a further assessment after twisting his knee against Brighton. The London giants’ summer addition from Ajax was playing his first match for his new club in a friendly against the Seagulls and impressed by helping to create his side’s first goal.

But Morocco international who cost €40m was forced off in the second half after appearing to hurt his knee. Frank Lampard gave an update about Hakim’s injury after the match, with the club website describing it as a ‘little twist to the knee that will be looked at’.

Olivier Giroud also came off injured after a being left bloodied from a clash of heads with Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk. London giants are only over two weeks away from their first PL match of the new campaign and are already dealing with an outbreak of covid-19 among the first-team squad.

Several footballers are in isolation and Frank Lampard is facing a selection headache ahead of the first league game against Brighton on 14 September. The English coach has had a busy summer in the transfer window signing Timo Werner, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell as well as Ziyech.

Malang Sarr was also signed on a free transfer, but the Frenchman will spend the next campaign out on loan. Frank Lampard could yet continue his spending spree with the signings of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz, while a new No.1 to replace the out of favour Kepa Arrizabalaga is also a priority.