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Lampard Praises Werner & Clarifies Injury Concerns

Lampard Praises Werner & Clarifies Injury Concerns Photo: TT
Timo Werner of Chelsea

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on new signing Timo Werner after his debut and shaken off any injury doubts after copping a knock in their 3-1 win at Brighton.

The new look Blues were too strong for Brighton on Monday in their opening Premier League game of the new season, with goals from Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma.

New signing Werner started and played a full game, winning Chelsea’s penalty for the first goal, although he received a knock in the process from Brighton keeper Mat Ryan.

“I was really pleased with Timo,” Lampard said.

“I know the qualities he is going to bring, we saw that with the speed to get the penalty. He is going to be a real threat.

“He is a very mobile centre-forward who can do so many things for us. He is one who has had some games, he has a bit of fitness, and you could see that.

“He took a knock when he won the penalty which we hope is a dead leg. I would like to think if it is that we have a bit of time to get him back (for the Liverpool game).”

American midfielder Christian Pulisic was a conspicuous and unexpected absentee for the clash, with Lampard revealing he’s been battling a hamstring worry.

“Christian was training with us last week but he had a bit of discomfort a couple of days ago when he was trying to be in contention for today.” Lampard said.

“It would have been a big ask for today and he has had to take a few steps back and we will have to see.”

Elsewhere, Wolverhampton started their new season with an impressive 2-0 win away to Sheffield United.

Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss both scored inside the opening six minutes in the victory.

Ben somerford
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