Chelsea evening headlines as Lampard issues Mendy injury update and Ziyech is tipped to shine

Good evening, Chelsea fans. Here are your evening headlines for Friday, October 16.

Lampard gives Mendy injury update

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is ruled out of tomorrow’s Premier League game against Southampton.

The summer signing suffered a knock while on international duty with Senegal, but is not expected to be a long-term absentee. Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero will start in his place.

Lampard also provided updates on the fitness of fellow new signings Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.

“Mendy won’t be fit for the match tomorrow, we hope the injury’s not too long,” the Chelsea boss said.

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“Thiago Silva after his trip, he’s not unfit but he’s not ready to play the game because of the travelling and the game that he played. So he won’t be in the squad.

“Ben Chilwell is in the squad, so he’s got over some of the feeling that he had which took him out of the England squad around the injury he’s had for a while now.

“Christian Pulisic is in the squad and fit to play, Hakim Ziyech in the squad, he’s not fit to start but fit to participate for some minutes we hope.”

Lampard ‘excited’ by Ziyech return

Lampard says he is “excited” to see Ziyech in action following his return from injury.

The winger, signed from Ajax last February, has been out of action since picking up a knee injury in a pre-season friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion.

And the Chelsea manager is expecting big things from the new arrival when he finally makes his first competitive appearance for the club.

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