Chelsea evening headlines as injury blow confirmed for Liverpool clash with duo set to depart

Lampard confirms four injury absences for Liverpool game

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their preparations for Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool after manager Frank Lampard confirmed the Blues will be without four first-teamers through injury.

Lampard’s team managed without Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Christian Pulisic in their season opener at Brighton & Hove Albion, while new signing Hakim Ziyech was not ready for a debut at the AMEX Stadium.

Pulisic suffered a setback in his recovery from an injury sustained in the FA Cup final in August, while there have also been concerns about new striker Timo Werner after he suffered a dead leg at Brighton.

Speaking before this weekend’s game, Lampard confirmed the four who missed that game will also be absent against Liverpool, but revealed Werner is available for selection.

“Chilwell is not ready for the game, neither is Christian Pulisic. We hope they will work well during the week,” the manager said.

“Hakim Ziyech is also not ready for the game. Werner is fit, though.

“Thiago has been training for the last three or four days, but Liverpool will come too soon for him.”

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