Chelsea XI vs Newcastle: Starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for Premier League game today
Chelsea are without ten players for today’s visit of Newcastle in the Premier League.
Injured Mason Mount may have played in his last game for Chelsea amid interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. He
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Reece James has been ruled out after a further setback from a hamstring issue, while Raheem Sterling has joined Benoit Badiashile, Ben Chilwell on the injury list.
N’Golo Kante has a groin issue, while Mateo Kovacic and third-choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli are also out with unspecified fitness problems.
Armando Broja is a long-term absentee after needing surgery on his knee back in December.
Chelsea have a similar pool of players to choose from as they did against United on Thursday night, but interim manager Frank Lampard’s shape-shifting line ups continue to be difficult to predict.
The 44-year-old sticks to many of the same personnel but keeps switching between a back three and a back four. He played a 4-2-3-1 system in the 4-1 defeat away at Old Trafford.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to continue in goal, with Cesar Azpilicueta at right back. Thiago Silva, rested and an unused substitute on Thursday, is set to take Wesley Fofana's spot as he struggled compared to Trevoh Chalobah. Teenager Lewis Haill will maintain his place after playing well at left back.
Carney Chukwuemeka will battle with Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a midfield role alongside Enzo Fernandez and Conor Gallagher.
Starting Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Chalobah, Hall; Enzo, Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek; Madueke, Havertz, Sterling