Chelsea FC XI vs Newcastle: squad news confirmed, starting line-up, latest Premier League injuries today
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The German has Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek again available after the three missed the Carabao Cup midweek victory over Southampton, but Mateo Kovacic was ruled out “for a few weeks” after suffering a hamstring injury in training Thursday.
“He will be out for a few weeks as he will miss next week for sure and then there will be an international break,” Tuchel said. “It’s a minimum of those weeks.”
The re-fit Loftus-Cheek are one of the candidates to replace Kovacic in midfield, although it always seemed likely that Tuchel would choose to pair N’Golo Kante with Jorginho.
Azpilicueta and Christensen’s returns give Tuchel options in defense.
Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner however remain injured, so Kai Havertz leads the line again.
Chelsea starting eleven: Mendy, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Kanté, Jorginho, Chilwell, Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz
List of injuries: Kovacic, Pulisic, Werner, Lukaku
Dated: Saturday October 30, 3 p.m.
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