Why Raheem Sterling was left out of Chelsea squad vs Man United as Thiago Silva benched
Frank Lampard made three changes to his Chelsea lineup for the match against Manchester United, with Raheem Sterling pulling out entirely.
Due to a hamstring injury suffered against Manchester City, Raheem Sterling has been left out of Chelsea’s squad to face Manchester United. The Blues forward was allowed to continue playing against the Premier League champions, but he has not trained since.
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Sterling was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week, owing in part to the 27-year-old’s dissatisfaction with his physical condition as the season winds down. Chelsea manager Lampard feels Sterling is still in contention for Chelsea’s season-ending match against Newcastle United.
“Raheem had a small feeling in his hamstring at halftime against Manchester City,” Lampard explained. To be fair to him, he continued, so it wasn’t a significant issue, but he hasn’t trained since then, so we decided to keep him out and hope he can return for Sunday’s game.”
Chelsea’s teamsheet also revealed that Thiago Silva was left on the bench, with Trevoh Chalobah and Wesley Fofana forming the Blues’ defensive pairing. Lampard wanted to give others a chance, but he feels the Brazilian will continue to play an important part in the future.
“Thiago has played a lot this season,” Lampard continued. “I have no doubt he could play two games in a week, but we felt this was a game where we could leave him out with an eye on next week, and next season in general, where we believe he will be a key player for this club again.”So we want him to be ready for next weekend, and it provides other players a chance to put their skills to the test with these high-caliber games.”
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Alfie Gilchrist, a defender from the development team, makes his Premier League debut, coming off the bench.
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