Hakim Ziyech & Pulisic pictured in Chelsea training ahead of Southampton game

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech joined up with the first-team squad for training on Wednesday and could make his debut in the Premier League against Southampton this weekend.

The 27-year-old, who moved to Stamford Bridge this summer, sustained a knee problem in Chelsea’s pre-season match with Brighton in August.

The injury means Ziyech has had to miss Chelsea’s opening six matches of the season but the winger briefly trained at Cobham earlier this month before travelling to Morocco for the international break.

Ziyech came on as a second-half substitute in Morocco’s 3-1 victory over Senegal last Friday and was impressive as he assisted Youssef El-Arabi in the dying minutes of the match.

He then withdrew from Morocco’s squad as part of an agreement between the blues and the national team – and therefore missed their 1-1 draw avainst DR Congo on Tuesday.

Ziyech will be raring to go ahead of his possible competitive debut for Chelsea at home to Southampton and was seen putting in the hard yards with Pulisic this week.

Pulisic has also been struggling for fitness this campaign but made his return as a late substitute in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

‘It felt great. I had another tough injury, and it was really hard work to get back out there,’ Pulisic told CBS Sports when asked about his fitness this week.

‘I’m really excited I got some minutes before the break. ‘Now I just wish we had a game sooner, to be honest. ‘But at least I’ll get a little rest.’

Billy Gilmour still remains out of action for at least another month with a knee injury, while Frank Lampard will be sweating over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy ahead of Southampton clash.


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