Frank Lampard Confirms double injury Blow and Edouard Mendy Absence For Chelsea Trip To West Brom

The head coach said the new goalkeeper has not trained enough to start at The Hawthorns

Hakim Ziyech is consoled by Frank Lampard as he goes off injured during the pre-season friendly between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea. (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Frank Lampard has confirmed that new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will not make his Chelsea debut away to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow, while the game will also come too soon for Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic following respective knee and hamstring injuries.

The Senegal international completed his £22million move from Rennes on Thursday, signing a five-year deal, but Lampard has ruled out a first start as he has not had enough time to train.


“To start tomorrow is not going to happen,” the head coach said. “He’s had a long week where not really trained. It’s too tight a turnaround to put him in contention to start the game.”

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Ziyech and Pulisic are progressing well in training but are not yet capable of playing.

Lampard says Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are fit enough to start tomorrow, but the boss has to take into account the busy schedule with the games coming thick and fast, with us playing next Tuesday and Saturday, and then an international break.

Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are in line to make their Premier League debuts for the club after appearing in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup win over Barnsley at Stamford Bridge.

“I believe they are fit enough to start but I need to take into consideration we play against Tuesday and then the Saturday,” Lampard said. “I’m managing that one. With Ben I’ll be a little more cautious as his injury has been a difficult one.”

Having said at the beginning of the week that his players are still in pre-season mode in terms of fitness, Lampard will have been pleased to see several looked much sharper against the Championship side

It seems likely that Kai Havertz, who scored a hat-trick against Barnsley, will remain in the No10 role for the trip to Slaven Bilic’s side, who have recently signed former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Timo Werner will return to the starting line-up but after Tammy Abraham impressed in midweek he could lead the attack with the Germany attacker moved to the left wing.

Billy Gilmour remains a long-term absentee following knee surgery late last season.

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