Lampard’s decision between Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori tomorrow night could preview January exit

The Daily Mail yesterday reported that Frank Lampard had held “constructive” talks with Antonio Rudiger ahead of re-integrating him into the team.

That’s promising news – we want the manager to be on good terms with everyone in the squad at the very least. But it’s painful to hear that Fikayo Tomori may be moving further down the pecking order.

Most Chelsea fans want to see the young academy product in the side more often, and the news that Rudiger may be back in the frame isn’t great for that.

A lot will come down to what happens tomorrow night. Lampard is going to rotate the team for the game in Russia, and Thiago Silva is likely to be rested, possibly Kurt Zouma too.

Andreas Christensen, along with Rudiger and Tomori, will be hoping for minutes. The odd one out may feel that a January exit is looming large. We heard that Tomori almost went to West Ham on deadline day – could it be second time unlucky for young Fik?