The Belgian pulled his hamstring during the closing stages of the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa and missed both the Europa League final and the Everton match on the final day of the Premier League season.
There had been a suggestion that he wouldn’t be risked as the Belgian national team will need him for the upcoming international fixtures, so a compromise must have been reached. But John Terry is injured and did not make the trip, so Frank Lampard will lead Chelsea on Stateside.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen also joined the travelling party. The full squad list is as follows:
Petr Cech, Henrique Hilario, Jamal Blackman, Paulo Ferreira, Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, John Mikel Obi, Nathan Ake, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin, Victor Moses, Oscar, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba.
(I wonder how many of the above names will have left for pastures new by September 1st)
It has been an up-and-down season for the club and the only reason both Chelsea and Manchester City are doing this in an attempt to recover some funds lost due to the poor performance in the Champions League. I’m hoping the likes of Nathan Ake, Loftus-Cheek and Christensen get given their opportunities in particular, they’ll get more out of it than the established squad members so I want to see them starting games.
Although it’s fairly pointless they are still two matches that we would all like to see us win and if you’re in the UK or Republic of Ireland then you can watch the games live and free-to-view on Chelsea TV – the details are up on the club’s official website.