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Lampard explains Tomori's absence

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has revealed the reason why he has not picked Fikayo Tomori in recent weeks. Tomori was a main stay in...


Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has revealed the reason why he has not picked Fikayo Tomori in recent weeks.

Tomori was a main stay in the heart of Chelsea's defence in the first half of the season but has failed to start a league game since the turn of the year.

Lampard said competition in that area is the only reason for his absence.

“I have four centre-backs to choose from so generally every week two of them are unhappy,” Lampard said.

“And then people question you when you change it all the time, and question it when you stick with a back two or back three.

“So there is competition in that area. So yes, with Fik he always has to train at the top-level, that goes for all of the young players because when you are out of the team, however much it hurts, you need to show a good attitude and train very well.

“And at the moment he is, he’s been in and round it, and he has a long career ahead of him at this club without a doubt. And really it’s been more about selection issues.”

Tomori is likely to be absent once again when Bournemouth host Chelsea in the Premier League this afternoon.

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