Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirms early team news on duo for Brighton match

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has received a huge injury boost for their opening Premier League fixture against Brighton. The Blues boss has a host of new faces available to him for the upcoming season after spending over £200million on new recruits.

And they’re closing in on a seventh signing of the summer with Edouard Mendy set to complete a move to Stamford Bridge soon.

Declan Rice is also being strongly linked with a return to Chelsea having left them as a youth player to join West Ham.

But Lampard will now be thinking about his squad for the opening day of the season.

They face an away trip to Brighton on Monday with new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz expected to feature.

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Chelsea fans will have to wait to see Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva make their debut for the club.

But Lampard has confirmed there is good news regarding the fitness of both Christian Pulisic and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Pulisic suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup final against Arsenal but has recovered well and returned to training this week.

Azpilicueta also started training again on Wednesday and could be in contention to start.

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“I am very happy to have them both back,” Lampard said.

“They both trained since yesterday, their first day fully training with the team.

“They are in contention for Monday.

“I have to be careful.

“I have a squad to pick from, but the way they are training and the attitude they have come back with looks like they are over those injuries.

“I will just have to make sure I manage them back in in their own ways.”

Mateo Kovacic will not be available as he is suspended for the first game of the season.

Willy Caballero may also get the nod over Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Spaniard was dropped for the final game of last season and the FA Cup Final.

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