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An almost fully fit squad is a rare luxury for Lampard, he is wise to ease Ziyech back in

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An almost fully fit squad is a rare luxury for Lampard, he is wise to ease Ziyech back in

Chelsea face Manchester United tomorrow, and there are a lot of fans, myself included, who would love to see Hakim Ziyech start the match.

However, Frank Lampard, and the player himself, have both said he isn’t quite match fit yet, which is why he is settling with second half cameo roles for now.

These comments from Frank likely mean that Ziyech starts on the bench once again tomorrow, but I have no problem with this.

After being injured all season, and having only made two substitute appearances so far, rushing him back into a starting role and asking him to play too much at once, could easily bring on another injury, or re-aggravate the the recent one.

The fact is, tired muscles are more prone to injury. So easing Ziyech’s muscles back in slowly is the correct thing to do.

Ziyech is going to be a massively important player for Lampard this season, arguably his most important player. It is essential that he is fully match fit before being given more than a half an hour cameo, to avoid further injury.

Can you imagine the meltdown if Ziyech started tomorrow, and then got injured? It would be rife.

But Lampard will do what he feels is best regardless, based off the advice of his medical staff, and also listening to the player himself, who has admitted he is not yet match fit.

It is a rare luxury for Lampard to have a fully fit squad (all bar Billy Gilmour), so he will be trying to manage this now and keep that fully fit squad going into the rest of the season.

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