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Hakim Ziyech and Billy Gilmour – Latest Chelsea injury news and expected return dates

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Chelsea’s injury concerns have all but eased going into the October international break.

Christian Pulisic made his return following a hamstring problem as a second-half substitute in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace and all indications point towards no fresh fitness worries after the game.

With that said, there were still two notable first-team absentees from the matchday squad against Palace.

One of which was £33.4m summer signing Hakim Ziyech, who is back in full training following a knee injury and just missed out on joining Pulisic as a substitute on Saturday.

The good news is that the Morocco international could be in contention to make his debut when the Premier League resumes later this month.

“Ziyech is getting closer but not close enough to be on the bench,” Lampard said. “I think they will all bring the best out of each other.

“It’s a shame we haven’t had them. Hakim will bring something completely different for us.

“I am very excited to have them fit.

“I have a clear idea of where I want them to play.”

Meanwhile, wonderkid Billy Gilmour is making good progress following knee surgery.

“He is progressing well,” Lampard confirmed. “It was forecast as a four-month injury when he went into surgery, so we are looking at about four weeks from now that he will hopefully be fit, barring any hiccups.

“It has been a difficult injury. His attitude and everything he approaches in his professional life is spot on so he hopefully should be four weeks.

“He will be an important member of the squad at that point.

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“We all know his breakthrough last year and what he gave to the group and we hope to see much more of that.”

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