Confirmed: The two Chelsea players that will miss Krasnodar clash

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Chelsea are away to Russian side Krasnodar as the Blues face a first trip to Russia for the first time in seven years.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard went with a 22-man squad to Russia, with two players missing from the squad.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is unavailable for this game, as he is still battling a shoulder injury, having missed last weekend’s game against Manchester United.

In Kepa’s absence, Academy goalkeeper Karlo Ziger has been introduced in his stead, while Marcos Alonso is also part of the squad, after fulfilling his European suspension, following his red card in last season’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.

Thiago Silva is the other Chelsea player who didn’t make the trip to Russia, as expected.

Lampard has previously admitted that he would try to manage the 36-year-old this season, so he can be available for the more important games.

“I thought he was very good today,” Lampard said after the match against Sevilla. “I spoke about quality and experience before the game and he brought both of those and it affects others around him, which I think he did.

“He was a big plus in terms of getting the clean sheet. Over the season, I will manage him and I have a very close relationship with him already even if he uses a translator.

“I will always work closely with him and I remember being in the same position myself towards the end of my career, in the last year in the Premier League.

“So I will be very aware of maintenance training and his selection as we want him to play as many games as we can to be at his optimum level.”

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