Chelsea will be without key players ahead of London Derby.
Frank Lampard has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech won’t be available for the Boxing Day fixture against Arsenal.
The Moroccan winger was subbed off with a thigh problem in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Leeds United earlier this month.
Lampard said in his press conference: ‘No. He won’t be fit for Arsenal, no.’
‘He had an injury with his knee at the start of the season and he’s just got another muscle injury so you have to wait for it to recover,’ Lampard responded when asked whether he was concerned about Ziyech’s fitness issues this season.
‘We hope to have him back within the next week or so and hopefully offer what he was offering before because he was offering great things and you miss that when it’s taken away.
‘But that’s football, that’s what happens when players are playing at a really high level every two or three days.’
Both Reece James and Ben Chilwell are being monitored over the last few days.
Chilwell is suffering from an ankle injury and James is struggling with a knee injury.
‘They’re both doubtful so I can’t give you an answer at the moment,’ Lampard said when pressed on the England duo.
‘We’re not sure whether they will be fit for either game. Yeah, that’s the answer.