Rudiger hasn’t featured in either of Chelsea’s opening two Premier League matches this season
Last Updated: 23/09/20 7:11pm
Antonio Rudiger was left out of Chelsea’s squad to face Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday
Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea future has been cast into further doubt after the defender was left out of Frank Lampard’s squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against Barnsley.
Rudiger was an unused substitute for Chelsea’s Premier League opener at Brighton, before being completely left out of Lampard’s matchday squad to face Liverpool on Sunday.
Players who have missed out on significant minutes during those games – such as Callum Hudson-Odoi – are expected to be given a chance against Championship side Barnsley, but Rudiger’s omission would appear to indicate he is not in Lampard’s current plans for the new campaign.
There is fierce competition for centre-back places at Stamford Bridge after the summer signing of Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian, who will make his debut against Barnsley, was added to a squad that already included Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori, along with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who has often been used on the right of a back three.
Rudiger started both of Germany’s Nations League matches earlier in September
Rudiger, who has suffered significant knee and groin injuries since joining Chelsea from Roma in 2017, would appear to be fully fit, having played all 90 minutes in each of…