Chelsea take on Crystal Palace this afternoon, with two notable omissions.
Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek missing from the 18-man squad once again as speculation mounts over their futures.
It’s now almost certain the duo will leave Stamford Bridge before Monday’s transfer deadline, despite both men being fan favourites in west London.
Rudiger was not included in the squad against Tottenham in midweek, leading many to assume his time at Chelsea is over for now.
And Teamtalk report the German defender actually made it clear he wasn’t keen on playing as he looks to push through a move in the coming week.
But Lampard has been less forthcoming about Rudiger’s potential exit.
When asked if he thinks the German’s future lays elsewhere, the Chelsea boss said: “No, it’s not at that point.
“I wouldn’t assume anything. I will make no assumption.”
Despite remaining coy on Rudiger’s future, Lampard has already intimated the centre-back could leave the club.
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Speaking after the Blues’ thrashing of Barnsley earlier this month, he said: “They [Rudiger and Loftus-Cheek] weren’t in the squad and that was just a choice.
“There may be movement, but don’t read too much into them not being in the squad. It will have to be right for the club.”
But Lampard has admitted Loftus-Cheek is likely to leave on loan.
And the playmaker clearly hasn’t been risked today against the club he used to play for.
“There’s a possibility that Ruben may go out to play games, because I think that would be great for him,” said the Blues boss last month.
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