Antonio Rudiger has missed Germany’s latest training session with a back injury, raising concerns that the defender could also be ruled out of Chelsea’s next Premier League game against Brentford on Saturday.
Rudiger, who arrived at Chelsea from Italian club AS Roma back in 2017, has become one of the best defender’s in the Premier League since Thomas Tuchel took charge at Stamford Bridge last season.
The Germany international has started all seven of Chelsea’s Premier League matches so far this term, in which time the Blues have conceded just three goals – the joint-lowest in the league.
But the west London club will now be sweating on the fitness of their key player after it emerged that he was absent from Germany’s final training session today ahead of their World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia on Monday after complaining of back problems, according to Bild.
However, German coach Hansi Flick played down the injury after the session, saying: ‘Antonio Rudiger didn’t train as a precautionary measure, he received treatment and was doing well today.’
Rudiger is due to fly with the rest of his international teammates to Skopje, North Macedonia later today, but time will tell whether he is fit enough to make the trip.
Rudiger’s absence from the Brentford match would cause a further selection headache for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, with Thiago Silva already ruled out of the game due to his involvement with the Brazilian national team.
Brazil are set to play three games in nine days across this international break, with their match against Uruguay scheduled for the early hours of Friday morning- less than 48 hours before the game at the Brentford Community Stadium.
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Source : metro