Frank Lampard has ruled winger Christian Pulisic out of Chelsea’s clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday while three more summer acquisitions will also miss the match at Stamford Bridge.
The American attacker was in sensational form at the end of last campaign, scoring and assisting in a thrilling game at Anfield after the restart, but he picked up a hamstring injury in the FA Cup final versus Arsenal.
Lampard had been optimistic about Christian’s recovery but he suffered a setback before the trip to face Brighton next week night and is still struggling.
Summer signings Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell are also still recovering from their own injury problems, while defender Thiago Silva is lacking match fitness, though striker Timo Werner is fine.
‘Chilwell is not ready for the game, neither is Christian Pulisic,’ confirmed Frank at his pre-match press conference on Friday. ‘We hope they will work well during the week.
‘Hakim Ziyech is also not ready for the game. Werner is fit, though. ‘Thiago has been training for the last three or four days, but Liverpool will come too soon for him.’
Ben arrived at Chelsea carrying an injury while Hakim picked up a knock in the club’s only pre-season friendly against Brighton & Hove Albion.
None of the quartet are expected to be risked if fit versus Barnsley in the Carabao Cup next Wednesday, though they may target a return to action against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on September 26.
Timo Werner has revealed just how important his fellow countryman Antonio Rudiger was in convincing him to sign for Chelsea.
Fellow Germany international Rudiger was in regular contact with Timo when he was plotting his next move, with Liverpool and Manchester Unite both also in contention to land him.
Timo has fleshed out those talks with his compatriot and explained how vital it was for him to get an inside view of the Blues from someone he trusted.
‘It’s really important to have people who can speak your language and he helped me a lot in my first days here when sometimes I didn’t understand everything if the manager was talking too fast,’ the former RB Leipzig ace told Chelsea’s official website.
‘When it was not so clear if I was coming here and I was talking to the manager and members of the club, he was important to me.
‘To have a guy who was inside the team, he could tell me a little bit about the club – how are the people, the staff and the players, how is the feeling in the team, is everybody with each other?
‘He told me it is very good and fun to play here, that it’s a very big club that wants to win and that can win because they have the facilities for that. In this part, he was really important.’
Timo will face one of the clubs he could have joined this weekend as Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.
The striker helped the Blues get off to a winning start versus Brighton in their opening clash and he’s relishing the opportunity to test himself against a variety of styles in the top-flight.
The reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are mulling a swoop for Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri, it has been reported in Italian media.
With the arrival of Ben Chilwell at the club earlier in the transfer window, Emerson’s future at Stamford Bridge is under the scanner and the left-back has been mentioned with a move away from London.
Italian sides Juventus and Napoli are on the full-back’s tail and his entourage told Inside Futbol recently that a return to Serie A is possible for his client.
However, according to Italian website Calciomercato.it, French champions PSG are thinking about a move for the full-back, who is under contract with the west London heavyweights until the summer of 2022.
The Parisians’ first choice left-back Juan Bernat is sidelined with a serious knee injury, while second choice Laywin Kurzawa is currently serving a suspension and the club’s sporting director Leonardo is claimed to be mulling over bringing in Palmieri to reinforce the left-back position
Chelsea are ready to let the former Santos, Palermo and Roma ace leave on loan with an obligation to buy set at between €25 million and €30 million.
The left-back has found it hard to clock up playing time at Chelsea, having only made 21 appearances in all competitions for Frank Lampard’s side last season, and It remains to be seen whether he’ll leave the club this summer.
Elsewhere, Bundesliga and European champions Bayern Munich have reportedly renewed interest in Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and are ready to offer him a way out of the Stamford Bridge outfit to find game time.