Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has insisted that his axing of Tammy Abraham is nothing personal.
Abraham was not included in Tuchel’s squad for their FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City.
The 23-year-old has not featured for Chelsea since February 20, whn he was subbed off at half-time in a 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Ahead of Tuesday’s home game against Brighton, Tuchel has advised Abraham not to “get lost in too many thoughts”.
He said: “Everybody is concerned when they’re not in the squad but it’s never an easy decision for me to take. I have a lot of sympathy for him and I can understand that he is worried and sad and maybe angry with me when I make these decisions.
“Sometimes we spend almost an hour talking after the last training which decisions to take and which players we have to leave at home because it’s thin margins which decide.
“Tammy has had this decision now a few times against him which is never personal but this is life at Chelsea sometimes as a player. I hope that he does not get lost in too many thoughts because he knows not to be too concerned about his situation.
“Everything he can do is stay focused and stay with belief because the situation for a striker can change in minutes. We have an important training coming up and my decisions [for tomorrow] are not made yet.”