By Ben Dinnery

14th Oct, 2021 | 6:45am

Injury expert delivers Rudiger verdict as Chelsea 'alarm bells' ring

Antonio Rudiger should be available when Chelsea face Brentford this weekend, despite missing Germany’s game on Monday.

That is according to medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Rudiger, 28, was ruled out of Germany’s game against North Macedonia with a back problem.

The defender has been a key player for Chelsea this season, playing every minute in the Champions League and Premier League.

Missing an international game will no doubt be a worry for Chelsea fans as well as Thomas Tuchel.

However, Dinnery claims Rudiger’s absence was likely to be precautionary and expects him to be available this weekend.

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“Alarm bells started when he was missing for Germany’s final training session,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Flick came out and poured cold water straight on that. He said it was the final training session, it was a minor issue.

“He then said he would be in contention for Monday’s game but he missed out.

“He’s the only player in the Chelsea squad to have played every minute in the league. There will be elements of fatigue.

“I think this is one Chelsea will want to manage. Maybe if there are slight concerns, it was decided Rudiger didn’t need to play that last game, even if he could have.

“I would be surprised, based on what we’ve seen, if Rudiger missed out at the weekend.

“This looks more like a precautionary measure.”

Chelsea go to Brentford as they look to return to the top of the Premier League table.

They won their last game against Southampton 3-1.

In other news, Keith Hackett slams “lazy refereeing” after analysing Chelsea versus Southampton footage.