Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed he is having issues getting Hakim Ziyech to full fitness due to the coronavirus regulations.
Ziyech suffered a knee injury during a pre-season friendly versus Brighton and Lampard believes Ziyech’s return to full fitness has been hampered by current COVID-19 guidelines which prevent the first team from training with the Under-23s.
“It’s been very difficult to integrate him,” said Lampard.
“We have a bubble here at Cobham so we can’t play against the Under-23s or bring over a lot of kids to replicate 11 vs 11 games on big-sized pitches, which is generally where you would want someone to be working when they’ve not played for five or six months off.
“We miss that and we have to find the right way to give Hakim and others in the squad minutes as quickly as we can.”