After some confusion and conflicting reports, Fikayo Tomori has now been spotted at training camp, too! So we’re back up to 35 players.
As expected, thirteen more Chelsea players arrived today at training camp, joining the rest of the squad already in Dublin, Ireland and preparing for the Blues first preseason game against Bohemians on Wednesday.
The roster size has now increased from the initial 22-man squad to a total of 35 players.
Welcome back, lads!— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 8, 2019
Look who's joined the group this afternoon... pic.twitter.com/Ai4iuas2Mm
First-team stalwarts like N’Golo Kanté and David Luiz, as well as the now permanently signed Mateo Kovačić have all returned from well-earned summer vacations. The ten first-teamers are joined by three youngsters with great hopes of making the team, Tammy Abraham, Izzy Brown, and Mason Mount, who played under Lampard as a loanee last season at Derby County.
The full list of new arrivals is as follows: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson, Giroud, Kovačić, Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley, Mount, Brown, Abraham
Presumably none of the new faces will play straight away on Wednesday as they are three days behind everyone else in terms of preparations.
As it stands, only Willian and Christian Pulisic, who were both preoccupied with international team duties until yesterday, are the only two first-team absentees, though Willian is also nursing a hamstring injury which caused him to miss the Copa América final. He’s likely to join the injured quartet of Antonio Rüdiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Reece James at Cobham instead whenever he does comes back.
One notable name absent altogether is Fikayo Tomori, who was initially reported to have traveled with the first group, but hasn’t actually. (So it was 21-man squad who traveled, now boosted to 34.)
A quick update:— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) July 7, 2019
The 5th stand app and Chelsea website has the Chelsea squad in Ireland wrong. Fikayo Tomori is not there yet. It’s a 21 man squad not 22. #CFC
In any case, nice to see most everyone back. Time to get to work!