Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic are to miss the match against Bournemouth

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Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic are set to miss the first Chelsea match against AFC Bournemouth. Chelsea manager Graham Potter have confirmed Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic will miss out on their match against the Cherries. Both players featured in the match for third place in World Cup. Mateo Kovacic won third place with Croatia against Hakim Ziyech and his Morocco team. Croatia won the match in a 2-1 score-line, which earned them 3rd place in the World Cup tournament. Morocco on the other hand had an amazing World Cup despite the loss. Furthermore, they became the first African team to even reach the semi-finals in a World Cup tournament. Morocco created history in this Qatar World Cup. They had won the fans’ hearts all over the world.

Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic are to miss the match against Bournemouth confirms the manager

Both Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic having played deep in the World Cup tournament deserve a much-earned break. Chelsea manager Graham Potter have confirmed that the duo will miss out on the first match into the second half of the Premier League. Graham Potter when asked about it commented,

“We’re still waiting on Hakim and Mateo, They went to the third-fourth place play-off and played the games, so a big demand for those two. It’s important to give them a little bit of time. They won’t be available for the game as a consequence.”

He further continued,

“Everybody else has been back and we’ve had a few days training with all of them. It’s a bit of a mix across the 12 (playing at the World Cup) in terms of when they got knocked out and how much game time they played. They’ve dripped back in according to their own circumstance, and I have to say they have come back in a really good way.”

Reece James might return after his knee injury problem. Although the Blues are set to miss out on the likes of Wesley Fofana and Armando Broja due to injury issues.

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