Rio Ferdinand shares Hakim Ziyech injury fear after Chelsea star spotted in a sling

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Rio Ferdinand has raised serious concern on Hakim Ziyech’s injury after the Chelsea star hobbled with after knocking his shoulder. The Blues had dominated the opening 45 minutes against Villarreal with Thomas Tuchel’s front three causing a threat on a regular basis.

They eventually found the breakthrough when Kai Havertz found space down the left, before playing a teasing low cross into the box.

Timo Werner’s run towards the front post left space for Ziyech in behind to tuck the ball away for the game’s opening goal.

But disaster struck just minutes later after Ziyech went down in agony after what appeared to be an innocuous challenge.

The Morocco international was back defending when he went up for a challenge and immediately fell to the floor clutching his shoulder.

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He appeared in serious pain as the medical staff rushed to his aid, giving him oxygen to help settle him.

They took their time in helping Ziyech up, although he was able to walk off the pitch with his arm wrapped in his shirt.

Christian Pulisic stripped off to take Ziyech’s place and the stricken Chelsea star was spotted with his arm in a sling at the start of the second half when he returned to the bench.

But Manchester United legend Ferdinand shared his fears that Ziyech’s shoulder injury could prove troublesome further down the line.

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Ferdinand noted how his former team-mate Rafael suffered a similar issue during his playing career, which would often come back up again.

“I’ve played with a number of players, Rafael da Silva did at Manchester United,” he said on BT Sport.

“It’s an injury than can just happen again and again, no matter what you do, you can be diligent with your rehab.

“It can always be a weakness when you go out there, but he’ll have to do his rehab and protect himself.”

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He added: “Injuries happen like that, when you least expect it, when you’re not even in touch with the ball.

“Foyth was marking him, he’s just kind of jumped, didn’t know where Ziyech was, and his arm is above his shoulder and he’s just thrown it out.

“It’s disappointing because he’s had such a good pre-season. This was an important season for him, we’ve spoken about Havertz and Werner, Ziyech was the same, didn’t get to the heights of his Ajax form.

“He started today with a goal but cut short through injury, disappointing for him.”

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