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The future of Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been put in light, after the pair were missing in action against Barnsley.
Rudiger and Loftus-Cheek were left out of Chelsea’s 6-0 win against Barnsley at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as Lampard’s side booked their place into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Rudiger’s case seem serious as the German hasn’t featured this season for the Blues. It was expected that he’d play against Barnsley, but he didn’t even make the squad. Lampard has five centre-backs at his disposal, and at least one is expected to leave, which may be Rudiger.
For Loftus-Cheek, he may have to go out on loan yet again. The 24-year-old has been unable to play at his best since recovering from an Achilles injury that kept him out for more than a year.
Speaking after the game, Lampard confirmed that there may be exits for the duo.
He said: “The situation with both is that they weren’t in the squad. I had a similar answer from the other day, they just weren’t in the squad. That is just a choice at the moment.
“Again with the centre-halves I can’t have them all in the squad. I keep getting asked about the size of the squad.
“There might be movement, we know that, but nothing is concrete so don’t read too much into those selections at the minute.
“It will have to be things which are right for the club and individuals and me and in terms of what happens in the next couple of weeks.”