Antonio Rudiger didn’t play in Chelsea’s last two games due to injury, we had assumed for legitimate reasons.
It has unfortunately coincided with the news breaking that he’s definitely going to leave Chelsea this summer, but we hadn’t heard any hints that the injury problems were being faked or exaggerated until now.
Former African Footballer of the Year Victor Ikpeba seemed to think he had skipped out on the games deliberately
“[Missing games] was unprofessional, I think he’s done with Chelsea. If I am the manager I won’t play him anymore.
“His allegiance is now with Real Madrid, he is not focused for Chelsea, he should just move on.
“He shouldn’t do that, it’s unprofessional from him.”
To be honest, we’re not really sure what to make of it all. We didn’t hear any real indications from Thomas Tuchel that Rudiger was a marginal call, nor have we heard from any serious sources that he was anything less than capable of playing.
The coach has said that he will count on Rudiger for the rest of the season, and we won’t question that unless we have good reason. Let’s just hope Ikpeba has got the wrong end of the stick.