Christian Pulisic starts, Hakim Ziyech out – The Chelsea team Lampard should pick vs Southampton

With the international break coming to an end, Chelsea prepare themselves for the Premier League’s return when they host Southampton on Saturday.

Frank Lampard will not have a lot of chance to get his team ready for the Saints, with Friday likely to be the only full day of training.

There are some injury concerns for the Blues coming out of the internationals, with several players getting knocks.

But what team should Lampard pick for the match? football.london’s writers have their say here.

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Oliver Harbord

There are some injury questions coming out of the international break for Lampard, both with players coming back into the squad and potential missing.

It looks like Edouard Mendy will be out of the game with a thigh problem, so it’s down to Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero, and I would go for the later.

Ben Chilwell is also a doubt, so if he is not able to make it then Reece James should start on the right, with Cesar Azpilicueta taking his place in the left-back position.

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In the middle of the defence, there is no need to change the partnership of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma, with the pair performing well together against Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are the likely candidates to start in midfield, if the former’s muscle problem isn’t too bad.

Up top, it’s likely that Christian Pulisic will return, however Hakim Ziyech should come off the bench if he is to make his debut.

That could mean either Callum Hudson-Odoi or Mason Mount would play off the other flank, with Kai Havertz playing behind Timo Werner in a 4-2-3-1.

Harbord’s team: Caballero; James, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner

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