Antonio Rudiger’s future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt.
Although he was fully fit, he was not included in Chelsea’s squad to face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. And he was an unused sub in their previous game against Brighton last Monday.
The German international has two years left on his contract, but Chelsea may now be considering cashing in on him before the transfer window closes in two weeks’ time.
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen were picked ahead of him against the Premier League champions, and although Christensen now faces a ban after his sending-off, they now have Thiago Silva ready to replace him.
And then there is Tamayo Fikori, who was introduced as half-time substitute by Frank Lampard after the dismissal of the Dane.
Rudiger has been credited with helping to bring both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to the West London club over the summer because of his friendship with the pair of them.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.