Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed why Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi were left out of the clash with Manchester United.
The Blues are currently losing 1-0 against their Premier League rivals at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard is looking to push away from Tottenham, who sit behind them in fifth.
Fans of the London, though, were left unhappy with the club legend’s starting XI against United.
Two stars not in the mix were Abraham, the club’s top-scorer on 13 league goals, and Hudson-Odoi.
But the Blues boss has explained they absences.
Speaking to Sky Sports before the game, the 41-year-old said: “Both injured.
“Tammy’s is the same injury that frustratingly come from Arsenal.
“We’l see how that develops next week.
“And Callum pulled up with an injury in training which we’ve been assessing.
“He’s out always, hopefully not too long.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard explained why he left Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi out of his side
Fans were also left in shock at the decision to play veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero instead of regular shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
But Lampard went on to defend his choice.
“It’s not an easy decision,” the Blues boss added.
“But I have to go with every player in the squad on form.
“It’s what I see on the training ground, in games and in their performance.
The young Englishman both picked up injuries ahead of the clash with Man United
“I went with Willy before. It doesn’t mean anything long-term. It means we have to be competitive here.
“I think he’s a superb professional. The spotlight’s on goalkeepers more than ever but he’s been brilliant.
“What matters to me is how much the players want to come on Monday night against a big competitor after two weeks.”
United sat ninth in the Premier League table before kick-off, six points behind the Blues.