Hakim Ziyech has resumed training and is expected to play against Fulham tomorrow night, according to Graham Potter, who made the statement at his pre-game news conference on the 5th stand app.
On the final day of the transfer window, the Moroccan came very close to joining PSG on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge.
However, an unusual paperwork blunder led his move to fall through at the last minute, leaving him stuck in the French capital.
He reportedly contacted Todd Boehly, the owner, as the window was closing to try and complete a deal, and was furious with his parent club as a result.
Chelsea’s attention was elsewhere unfortunately. They were in the process of rushing to secure a club-record signing.
After hours of fierce negotiations with Benfica, they had eventually been given the green light to sign Enzo Fernandez for a British record fee.
Ziyech will undoubtedly be frustrated with how things turned out for him, but Potter has asserted that he handled the situation professionally and that he still has a responsibility to fulfill at Stamford Bridge.
He returned, he said. This morning, he worked out. These stories are not the first or the last. He is an expert. He comprehends. He’s available and committed. He will be a crucial player for the rest of the season.
Although it is still unknown if he will play against Fulham tomorrow, finding a spot in the starting lineup has grown more challenging since the January transfer window.
Last month, the Blues added wingers Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke in an effort to infuse the team with some much-needed creativity and goals.
The situation for the Morocco international has only proven difficult as Ziyech battles for playing time.