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Sarri reveals Kepa in line to make return against Fulham

Maurizio Sarri has revealed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could return to the Chelsea side for Sunday’s West London derby at Fulham.

The Spaniard was dropped following last weekend’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City, with the 24-year-old appearing to disobey his manager’s instructions by refusing to be substituted for Willy Caballero before the penalty shoot-out.

After the game, both manager and player dismissed the incident as a ‘misunderstanding’, however, Kepa was fined a week’s wages by the club and subsequently dropped for Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Sarri insists however that the situation is now resolved, and revealed the goalkeeper could return to the starting XI this weekend.

“The Kepa situation now is closed. Kepa is our first (choice) goalkeeper,” Sarri told his pre-match press conference.

“But we are very happy for Willy, because now we know very well he’s able to play also in a very difficult match. I’m sure in one of the two next matches Kepa will be on the pitch.”

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