Chelsea head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has told winger, Hakim Ziyech, that he needs to have ‘patience’ in order for him to play again for the club’s first team.
Tuchel said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Norwich City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Ziyech has not featured for Chelsea since their defeat against Juventus in the Champions League in September.
But Tuchel believes the former Ajax star is still suffering the effects of the shoulder injury he sustained shortly after giving Chelsea the lead in the Super Cup.
“He [Ziyech] was in the team at the beginning of the season because of performance, and then he scored and had the injury in the Super Cup game. I felt it cost him a lot. I don’t feel him 100 percent free with his shoulders,” Tuchel said.
“When we started him after that, several times, I felt even if there was no pain, maybe it’s subconscious, there is something that limits him in his movements and his freedom to turn and accelerate and decelerate.
“He needs time and patience to fight his way back into the team. Some other guys have performed. But we will never lose trust or patience with him. He will stay an important player, I’m sure.”