Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted that his actions on Tammy Abraham’s are not personal.
Abraham was not included in Tuchel’s squad for their FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City.
The 23-year-old has not appeared for Chelsea since February 20, when he lost at half-time in a 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Before Tuesday’s home game against Brighton, Tuchel advised Abraham not to “get lost in too many thoughts”.
He said: ‘Everyone is worried if they are not in the group, but it’s never an easy decision for me to make. I have a lot of sympathy with him and I can understand that he is worried and sad and maybe angry with me when I make these decisions.
‘Sometimes we talk almost an hour after the last practice about what decisions we have to make and which players we have to leave at home, because it is thin margins that determine.
‘Tammy has had this decision against him a few times now, which is never personal, but it’s sometimes life at Chelsea as a player. I hope he does not get lost in too many thoughts because he knows he is not too worried about his situation.
‘All he can do is stay focused and stay focused, because the situation for a goal scorer can change within minutes. We have an important training coming up and my decisions [for tomorrow] have not been made yet. ”