- Chelsea could start the new season without Ziyech, Chilwell and James
- The Blues will be taking on Brighton in their first Premier League match
- Lampard could make use of Alonson and Hudson-Ndoi as their replacements
Chelsea are set to be without three key players in their Premier League season opener against Brighton on Monday, September 14.
New signings Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell have already been confirmed to be out of the fixture while Reece James is also a doubt for the clash.
Ziyech suffered an ankle injury during their friendly game against the same side at the Amex Stadium last weekend.
The 27-year-old limped off in his first outing for the Blues before he was substituted as doctors attended to his leg.
In a post match interview, Frank Lampard wished the midfielder's injury is not that serious and hopes that he would return soon.
"He's got a bit of a knock on his knee, a small twist which we will have to assess. Hopefully it's not too bad."
But it is now looking like the Morrocan international will not be available to make his full Premier League debut for his new club.
On the other hand, Chilwell has nursed a heel injury towards the end of last season while he was at Leicester City.
And James pulled out of England's U-21 friendly game as the 21-year-old is in a race against time to get fit for the new campaign.
With absence of Chilwell and Ziyech, Lampard may be forced to make use of Marcos Alonso in left-back while the right attacking wing could see Callum Hudson-Odoi make his starting XI.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported Hakim Ziyech suffered an injury during Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Brighton, but Frank Lampard is optimistic the Moroccan will not stay on the sidelines for too long.
The £34 million signing from Ajax made his debut for the Blues in the pre-season friendly and was substituted early on in the match.
Lampard said in a post-match interview: "He's got a bit of a knock on his knee, a small twist which we will have to assess. Hopefully it's not too bad."
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