Revealed: Why Kepa, Tammy Abraham And N’Golo Kante Missed Kawasaki Game

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Some key names were missing in action as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 at the International Stadium in Yokohama by Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale.

Tammy Abraham, Kepa Arrizabalaga and N’Golo Kante were not named in the squad for the match in Yokohama, although Christian Pulisic was on the bench for the game in Japan.

Abraham was expected to miss the game as he was not part of the squad after missing training yesterday as he was strugglng with an illness.

Kepa is yet to feature this summer during pre-season, having not played in either of the matches in Ireland. The 24-year-old was expected to start against Kawasaki but was removed from the line-up and replaced by the Argentine shot-stopper Willy Caballero just before kick-off as he was hit with illness.

A statement on the club website reads: “There was a late change to our starting XI with Willy Caballero chosen in goal.”

Kepa is expected to be back in time for the Barcelona clash next Tuesday in Saitama.

For N’Golo Kante, meanwhile, the Frenchman also did not make the squad as his recovery from injury continues throughout the pre-season and Frank Lampard is not keen to rush him back.

Pulisic was in action for the first time for Chelsea today in the 1-0 defeat to Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale.

The 20-year-old was a 65th minute substitute for Tiemoue Bakayoko against the J League side and immediately caught the eye with his dribbling ability and willingness to take opponents on.

Blues boss Frank Lampard deployed the young forward in the three positions behind the striker, and he featured on both the right and left side during his short time on the pitch.

Lampard admitted after the game that he was impressed with Pulisic’s performance.

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