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Chelsea starlet Anjorin on standby as Ziyech targets Arsenal return

The teenage forward, who started against Krasnodar on Tuesday night, will remain with Chelsea’s first team squad as they prepare for a hectic Christmas schedule that involves five games in 17 days.  

Ziyech should be back in contention for Chelsea’s Boxing Day clash with Arsenal after being ruled out for two weeks with a hamstring injury. Medical assessments suggest the damage caused when hobbling off against Leeds on Saturday was only minor – meaning minimal time out for the Morocco international.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, who strained his hamstring in training, was given a similar prognosis.  

While Frank Lampard will have to negotiate difficult games against Everton and Wolves without a recognised right winger – as well as the game against West Ham on December 21 – he has been encouraged by the news he received over the injured pair.  

He said: “They had scans yesterday and their injuries are showing that they will be about two weeks.  

“I think that’s positive. Particularly with Hakim it’s positive.  

“With Callum we didn’t know what to expect. It was an injury he got in training a couple of days ago.”  

Lampard has options on the right, with Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz all capable of filling the role in the short term.

But during such a busy period, he wants to ensure he has cover in attack, with Anjorin remaining with the squad for the foreseeable future.  

Lampard said: “He’s shown since last season when he was in training with us a real ability to step straight into the level in terms of his ability on the ball. The way he receives the ball, the way he moves with the ball very quickly, his physical attributes to protect he ball and run.  

“He’s had some fitness issues in terms of completing games at under 23 and youth team level, that’s a work in progress with him. But he’s a player that I believe the more he trains with us the better he gets. I think it’s a real good environment for him.  

“With the injuries we have in the short term he will be spending more time with us.”


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