Tuchel explains why Hakim Ziyech hasn’t played for Chelsea since the defeat to Juventus

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Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech has not featured for Chelsea since the Champions League defeat to Juventus.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes Ziyech is still suffering the effects of the shoulder injury he sustained shortly after giving us the lead in the Super Cup.

Tuchel said: “He was in the team at the beginning of the season because of performance, and then he scored and had the injury in the Super Cup game. I felt it cost him a lot. I don’t feel him 100 per cent free with his shoulders.

“When we started him after that, several times, I felt even if there was no pain, maybe it’s subconscious, there is something that limits him in his movements and his freedom to turn and accelerate and decelerate.

“He needs time and patience to fight his way back into the team. Some other guys have performed. But we will never lose trust or patience with him. He will stay an important player I’m sure.”

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