Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Kepa Arrizabalaga will return for Chelsea in one of their next two matches versus either Fulham or Dynamo Kiev.

Kepa, 24, was dropped for Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham on Wednesday night after refusing to be substituted in the side’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

Chelsea fined Kepa week’s wages for defying Sarri’s orders at Wembley and Willy Caballero impressed in place of the Spaniard against Spurs, coming away from Stamford Bridge with clean sheet.

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Willy Caballero

Sarri will have been pleased with Caballero’s performance in the London derby, but admits Kepa could return to Chelsea’s starting XI at Craven Cottage this weekend.


‘As I said in the press conference after the match, the Kepa situation is closed,’ the Italian said ahead of the clash with Fulham.

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‘Kepa is our first goalkeeper, but we are very happy for Willy that he can play in a very difficult match. Kepa will be on the pitch for one of the next two matches.

Chelsea have no new injury concerns ahead of their trip to Craven Cottage.

‘No, I don’t think so. I need to value the recovery of every player and then decide.

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We need to change three or four players.

‘In the last three matches we were consistent, I think we won in the Europa League and drew against City, then won against Tottenham.

‘Now we need to continue, continue first of all with the performance. The result is only a consequence.’ (Metro)