KEY POINTS

  • Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi are expected to be back soon
  • Gilmour continues to impress for Chelsea
  • Gilmour is not bothered by loan talks

Chelsea Blues boss Frank Lampard delivered good news to their fans, revealing that the hamstring injuries of Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are not that grave.

The Englishman gave the update on the two players after their 1-1 draw against Krasnodar in their final UEFA Champions League group assignment on Tuesday, Goal reported.

Ziyech got hurt in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Leeds United in an English Premier League match last weekend. Hudson-Odoi, on the other hand, suffered a similar hamstring injury during training.

"Both players are hopefully going to be fit for a week on Wednesday," Lampard said during a post-match press conference. "They had scans which are showing the injuries will be two weeks, so that's positive, particularly with Hakim.”

Chelsea will be facing Everton in the Premier League on Saturday. After that, their next opponents will be Wolverhampton and West Ham on Dec. 15 and 21 respectively.

Against Krasnodar, the Blues could have gotten their highest point total in the Champions League group stage with 16. Remy Cabella scored the lone goal for Chelsea before Jorginho leveled the count with a penalty.

Regardless, Lampard appears content coming out with a draw. He admits that his players did not play that well.

The only one he impressed against the Russians was Billy Gilmour. The 19-year-old midfielder made 83 passes with an accuracy of 89.2 percent and had 97 touches.

"Billy Gilmour was very good on his first start this season. I'm very pleased. We wanted to win but that wasn't to be," Lampard said via BT Sport. "I liked the discipline of the team–they had some counter-attacking moments but nothing big."

The impressive play of Gilmour could prolong his tenure at Stamford Bridge and douse water on speculations that he could be loaned out. But Lampard deflected questions and is more concerned about making sure he stays the course.

As for Gilmour, he is focused on playing for the Blues for as long as he gets to represent the club. However, he is clueless about what the future holds.

“I am a Chelsea player right now. I don’t know what the future holds, but I am proud to be here and playing games and will have to wait to see what happens,” the Scottish player said.

Hakim Ziyech starred for Chelsea on his first start in their 4-0 win over Krasnodar in Russia Hakim Ziyech starred for Chelsea on his first start in their 4-0 win over Krasnodar in Russia Photo: AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV