The playmaker has missed Chelsea’s last four games across all competitions with a hamstring injury, and has been ruled out of the London derby against Arsenal
Hakim Ziyech’s return from injury has been delayed.
The Chelsea midfielder, who has enjoyed an impressive start to life in west London following his £33.4m summer transfer from Ajax, has been ruled out of the Boxing Day clash against Arsenal.
Ziyech still has not fully recovered from the hamstring injury sustained in the 3-1 win over Leeds United at the beginning of the month which caused him to limp off in the first-half.
He did return to training ahead of the 3-0 win over West Ham United, but wasn’t risked on Monday night.
And as revealed by Blues head coach Frank Lampard, Ziyech won’t be available for the weekend’s trip to the Emirates Stadium, or the visit of Aston Villa 48 hours later.
“No he won’t be fit for Arsenal,” Lampard confirmed in his pre-match press conference.