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Chelsea midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko did not make the trip to Austria as Chelsea played their penultimate pre-season fixture.
Drinkwater and Bakayoko were injury free but remained in London as the rest of the team flew out to Austria for the game against RB Salzburg which Chelsea won 5-3.
Speaking about the absence of the duo, Lampard revealed that he is at the stage where he is close to knowing his team for the first Premier League game, but no doors are closed yet as he implied that he will have to make do without Bakayoko and Drinkwater.
The Blues boss said: “We have a squad with a lot of players and getting to this point now, I can’t bring everyone and give everyone 90 minutes so there are players who have stayed back to train rather than travel and not play.
“So I would not read too much into it in one game, we are a work in progress with this squad.”
See the squad below that Lampard used for the game against Salzburg.
Chelsea’s XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Luiz, Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pedro, Barkley, Pulisic, Abraham
Subs: Caballero, Cumming, Tomori, Alonso, Christensen, Zappacosta, Kenedy, Mount, Giroud, Batshuayi
Having assessed his squad while on the preseason tour of Japan, reports claim that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has identified two players to move on as he seeks to trim his squad.
According to Daily Mail, Lampard will sell Chelsea midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko after completing assessment of every player during pre-season tour of Japan.
However, Drinkwater’s wages might prove to be a stumbling block as clubs aren’t willing to pay the Englishman wages of £100,000 per week.