Squad grows to 34 ahead of first pre-season game against Bohemians on Wednesday
Chelsea Head Coach Frank Lampard has been boosted by the arrival of thirteen more players at their training camp in Dublin, Ireland as the Blues continue to prepare for their first pre-season game against Bohemians on Wednesday evening.
With the latest addition of players, the squad size that Lampard now has at his disposal has gone from 21 to 34 (was initially reported as 22 to 35 but Fikayo Tomori has yet to join the training camp).
UPDATE – Tomori is now part of the 35-man squad that is currently preparing for Wednesday’s game against Bohemians.
First-team regulars Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovačić, Kepa Arrizabalaga and David Luiz arrived in the Irish capital, alongside other first-team squad members in Emerson, Olivier Giroud, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley.
Youngsters Tammy Abraham, Izzy Brown and Mason Mount also joined up for the Blues, having returned from loan spells at Derby County, Aston Villa and Leeds United respectively.
It’s expected that none of those who arrived today will play a major part in the match on Wednesday as they’ll be focused on starting their individual fitness programs.
At the time of writing, the 34-man squad that is currently out in Ireland for the games against Bohemians and St. Patrick’s Athletic is as follows –
• Goalkeepers – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming
• Defenders – Marcos Alonso, Ethan Ampadu, César Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah, Andreas Christensen, Emerson, Marc Guehi, David Luiz, Ian Maatsen ,Dujon Sterling, Davide Zappacosta, Kurt Zouma
• Midfielders – Tiémoué Bakayoko, Lewis Baker, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Conor Gallagher, Billy Gilmour, Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovačić, Mason Mount, Kasey Palmer
• Forwards – Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi, Izzy Brown, Olivier Giroud, Kenedy, Pedro, Lucas Piazon, Ike Ugbo
As of right now, the only players who are expected to join up for pre-season training but haven’t already include Christian Pulisic and Willian, who only just finished international duty last night as they represented USA and Brazil repsectively in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONNEMBOL Copa América Finals.
They will most likely return to Cobham in a couple of weeks time, where they’ll join the injured quartet of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rüdiger. As for Fikayo Tomori, it is undetermined right now as to why he has not joined up with the rest of the first-team squad in Ireland, although it’s expected he will do so within the next couple of days.
Let the pre-season preparations continue.