Chelsea boss Graham Potter admits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s omission from the Champions League squad was through no fault of the attacker.

Aubameyang was not included in the roster of players who might play in the Champions League matchup against Borussia Dortmund, although three of the Blues’ January signings were. The 33-year-old was also not a part of the team that played Fulham on Friday and was seen in Milan during the contest. Potter is adamant that Aubameyang can rejoin the team despite the disappointment.

 “I don’t think it’s going to be difficult because Pierre is a professional. He was the one that missed out, he’s done nothing wrong at all,” Potter said after Friday’s match. “We wanted to give David some time today. Whichever decision there was always going to be a debate. It was my decision, a tough decision.”

Potter then added that he has the sole responsibility to make such difficult decisions.

“Nothing bad against him I understand his disappointment but I’ve got a responsibility to make these decisions and articulate them to the player. He handled it well and trained well today… Yes [he can fit in the system], everything is up for grabs and needs to train like today. Everything is up for grabs.”

In his 17 games since joining the Blues from Barcelona in September, Aubameyang has scored just three goals. Without him, Chelsea struggled against Fulham as they drew 0-0 with the Cottagers at Stamford Bridge.

The Gabon international will try to reenter the Blues lineup for their upcoming game on February 11 against West Ham.

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