Antonio Rudiger is back in contention to play for Chelsea following discussions with head coach Frank Lampard.
Germany defender Rudiger was named in Lampard’s matchday squad for the first time this season for Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United.
With Thiago Silva rested for the trip to Krasnodar, Lampard says Rudiger could get his first minutes in the Champions League after holding positive talks with the defender.
“I’ve had discussions. I saw the story. I’ve always had a positive relationship with him,” Lampard said.
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“Sometimes players are out of the squad but he is very much in contention to play.”
Lampard goes into Wednesday’s game in Krasnodar as only the second Englishman, alongside Sir Bobby Robson, to manage a team in more than one Champions League campaign.
“I don’t feel there is a responsibility of the ‘English managers union’ but I was surprised by the stat myself,” Lampard added.
“At end of my career I heard a lot about a merry-go-round but I think it’s different now. Hopefully more opportunities for English coaches. Sometimes we can have managers at home who can do the job as well.
“I’m not thinking of myself as a standard-bearer but will do the job as well as I can.
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