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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed why Kepa Arrizabalaga and Tammy Abraham were not included in the squad that lost 1-0 to Kawasaki Frontale on Friday.
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is yet to make an appearance for the Blues under Lampard while striker Abraham has made just one appearance for the Blues, the 4-0 victory over St Patrick’s in Ireland.
Kepa reported a stomach bug hours before the game against Kawasaki Frontale while Abraham was down with tonsillitis.
“The illnesses aren’t related,” Lampard said about the two players.
“Tammy Abraham has tonsillitis and Kepa reported a stomach bug this afternoon.
“I’m not a doctor but it probably comes a little bit alongside what I mentioned before about players not sleeping and finding it difficult in different ways, and it’s come out in those two players.”
Chelsea’s next game is against Barcelona on Tuesday and Lampard expects the pair to recover in time for the match against the Spanish champions.
“I don’t expect either of them to be too long. I know Tammy is already on the mend. Hopefully, both are in contention for Barcelona next week,” Lampard added.