A fresh insight into Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s availability for the club’s meeting with Brentford on Saturday has been forthcoming online.
Concern surrounding the wellbeing of Chelsea standout Rudiger of course began to spread last weekend.
The 28-year-old, fresh off a stellar opening to the campaign, was unsurprisingly called up by Germany, for the nation’s latest round of international fixtures.
Rudiger started and featured for all 90 minutes last Friday night, as Die Mannschaft got the better of Romania in a World Cup qualifying clash.
Thomas Muller comes on. Thomas Muller scores the winner 🇩🇪
He’s unmarked at the back post and makes no mistake from right in front.
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) October 8, 2021
In turn, it was no doubt viewed as a blow by supporters of not only Germany, but also Chelsea, when word began to surface that the ex-Roma man had picked up an injury.
After he missed out on a spot in the country’s matchday squad to face North Macedonia, the official Twitter account for the German national team confirmed that Rudiger was suffering with ‘back problems’:
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 11, 2021
Key defenders absent
Thomas Tuchel and co., back in West London, had therefore since been waiting with bated breath for a further update on the fitness of their defensive stalwart.
And though official word has not yet been coming courtesy of Chelsea themselves, the latest images stemming from the club’s training ground paint an altogether clear picture of the situation.
As per a whole host of sources, ‘Rudi’ was not spotted at Cobham on Thursday afternoon.
As a result, the German is viewed as highly unlikely to feature in the Blues’ return to Premier League action versus Brentford this weekend.
Lukaku back in training. Covered earlier in the week. Slight concern that Rudiger is absent, particularly as Thiago Silva is expected to miss out. Azp alongside Christensen and Chalobah with Reece James on the right 🤔 #CFC 🔵
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) October 14, 2021
With Thiago Silva also looking set to miss out ahead of a late return from international duty with Brazil, Thomas Tuchel therefore appears likely to rely on a back-5 of Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah and one of Marcos Alonso or Ben Chilwell at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Footage: Chelsea pair Ziyech & Kante hand Thomas Tuchel something to think about in pre-Brentford training