Frank Lampard has provided an update on the fitness of several first-team players, with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech still unavailable, although Timo Werner is fit to face Liverpool.
The Blues got off to a decent start to their campaign on Monday night as they sealed an impressive 3-1 win at Brighton thanks goals from Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma.
But this weekend will be a much tougher task when they host the defending champions, who got their defence under way with a 4-3 victory over new boys Leeds United.
And ahead of the mouthwatering clash with Liverpool, boss Frank Lampard has confirmed that Werner is available for the fixture at Stamford Bridge, although fellow new signing Hakim Ziyech is another of those that remains sidelined due to a knee issue.
‘Ben Chilwell is not ready for the game, Christian Pulisic is not ready for the game and is quite similar to Ben.
‘We hope they are training and progressing over the next week or so. Hakim Ziyech is also not ready for the game. Timo Werner is fit.’
Commenting on Thiago Silva’s absence with the summer arrival from French champions PSG set to play a big role for the in the 2020/21 campaign, Lampard added: ‘Thiago’s been training with us for the last three or four days.
‘We’re just working with him on his fitness for the moment, so Liverpool will come too soon for him.
‘Thiago is certainly a leader. He brings that with him by nature. He doesn’t speak the language that great, that’s something we’re working on very quickly, but we have a lot of players in the squad who are multi-lingual and help with that.
‘By presence, by the attitude in training, by the quality of the player, he commands respect. I look forward to having him around. He already seems very engaging and intent on helping the team, and that’s all you can ask for as a coach.’