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Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic pictured in Chelsea training ahead of Southampton clash

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Hakim Ziyech suffered a knee injury in Chelsea’s pre-season match with Brighton (Picture: Getty)

Hakim Ziyech joined up with Chelsea’s first-team squad for training on Wednesday ahead of his possible Premier League debut against Southampton this weekend.

The 27-year-old, who completed a £33million move from Ajax to Stamford Bridge this summer, sustained a knee problem in Chelsea’s pre-season clash with Brighton at the end of August.

The injury means Ziyech has had to sit out the Blues’ opening six matches of the campaign but the winger briefly trained at Cobham earlier this month before flying out to Morocco for the international break.

Ziyech and Pulisic trained with the first-team on Wednesday (Picture: Twitter)

Ziyech came on as a second-half substitute in Morocco’s 3-1 win over Senegal last Friday and made an impressive return as he assisted Youssef El-Arabi in the dying moments of the game.

The attacker then withdrew from Morocco’s squad as part of an agreement between Chelsea and the national side – and therefore missed their 1-1 draw with DR Congo on Tuesday evening.

Ziyech will no doubt be raring to go ahead of his potential competitive debut for Chelsea at home to Southampton and was pictured putting in the hard yards with Christian Pulisic on Wednesday.

Pulisic made a cameo appearance in Chelsea’s victory over Palace (Picture: Getty)

Pulisic has also been struggling for fitness (hamstring) this season but made his return as a late substitute in Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace two weeks ago.

‘It felt great. I had another tough injury, and it was really hard work to get back out there,’ Pulisic told CBS Sports when asked about his fitness earlier this week.

‘I’m really excited I got some minutes before the break.

‘Now I just wish we had a game sooner, to be honest.

‘But at least I’ll get a little rest.’

Billy Gilmour will be out of action for at least another month with a knee injury, while Frank Lampard will be sweating over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Southampton.

Chilwell left England’s training camp with a pre-existing foot problem on Tuesday and will play no part at Wembley as Gareth Southgate’s men prepare to face Denmark.

Meanwhile, Mendy is confident he will be available to take on Southampton despite pulling out of Senegal’s squad with a thigh issue.

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