Antonio Rudiger was reportedly ordered to leave a Chelsea training session on Sunday after an altercation with teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the players clashed in training the day after Chelsea suffered a humiliating 5-2 defeat at home to relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion.
The report states that Rudiger was ordered to leave the session at Cobham after a furious bust-up with Kepa that followed a late tackle on the goalkeeper by the German defender.
The Athletic provided additional details about the scuffle, suggesting that the hostility began during Saturday’s match, when the pair exchanged harsh words on the bench.
It’s understood that Rudiger has since apologised for the incident, which came after the Blues lost their unbeaten record under manager Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel called for cool heads after his side were beaten by West Brom at Stamford Bridge, where both Rudiger and Kepa were unused substitutes.
“We cannot lose our heads now and take away the trust we have in these players,” Tuchel said. “It was the moment after the game to be honest, be calm and to tell everybody to breathe.
“This will be a hard evening for everybody. We had completely different plans how to start this match day so we have to accept it now, it’s our first loss together. It’s important to find a way to deal with it together.”
Thiago Silva was sent off shortly after Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead over West Brom and the Baggies quickly took advantage of their man advantage.
36 – At 36 years and 193 days, Thiago Silva is the oldest Chelsea player to be sent off in a Premier League game, overtaking John Terry against Sunderland in May 2016. Unwise. https://t.co/8LPpHLdzQl
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 3, 2021
Chelsea remain in fourth place in the Premier League following the defeat but Tuchel’s side can be leapfrogged by West Ham if the Hammers are victorious over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.
Next up for Chelsea is a Champions League clash against Porto on Wednesday, when Tuchel will hope to return to winning ways.