Photos: Two Chelsea stars missing from Sunday's group training ahead of CWC semifinal

Chelsea have already begun their preparation for the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, but two members of the travelling squad were not involved in first-day group training.

The Blues brought 23 players to Abu Dhabi, including Reece James who is still a doubt for Wednesday’s semifinal and Saturday’s final due to a hamstring injury.

James continued his rehabilitation process on Sunday afternoon but had to work separately from the group, as the club’s official website confirmed.

The other player who did not take part in the training was Mason Mount, who picked up a small injury problem in Saturday’s FA Cup extra-time win over Plymouth Argyle.

Fortunately, Hakim Ziyech and Cesar Azpilicueta who also had similar problems were able to take part in the training.

Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images
Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic, who recently returned from international duty with Brazil and the United States, respectively, were also part of the group, as well as N’Golo Kante who was also absent on Saturday.

The session was led by Thomas Tuchel’s coaching staff, with the German unable to travel to UAE to self isolate after testing positive for Covid-19.

Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images
Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images
Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Chelsea have previously confirmed that Edouard Mendy will join up with the squad soon. The goalkeeper still competes in the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal later today.

So, Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has performed brilliantly during Mendy’s absence, is likely going to be in goal for the semifinal match against the winners of today’s match between Al Ahli and Al Jazira.

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