The boss confirmed all the players that have travelled to Russia are fit and available, with only Kepa and Thiago Silva not making the journey east. The Brazilian has been rested so there is a possibility Rudiger could replace him in central defence tomorrow, fresh from media reports Lampard and him had enjoyed a productive chat.
At his press conference on the eve of our matchday two encounter, Lampard was asked about that first…
‘I have discussions with Antonio and all the players as readily as I can do,’ replied the boss.
‘I have always had a positive relationship with him. Everything I do, I do for the club and selections and the team, and at the minute sometimes you have to have players out of the squad and it is big news for everybody.
‘I have a very positive relationship with him, and he’s in the squad and very much in contention to play.’