June 14, 2024

Full Chelsea FA squad revealed for Plymouth clash

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Chelsea FA squad revealed for Plymouth clash as Thomas Tuchel dealt triple injury blow.

Chelsea will be without three of its English players. Ben Chilwell, Reece James, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all set to face Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup on Saturday.

In the fourth round of the FA Cup, Chelsea will face Plymouth Argyle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

In each of the last two seasons, the Blues have reached the final of the world’s oldest cup competition, but have fallen short at the final hurdle both times.

They were defeated 2-1 by London rivals Arsenal in 2020, with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace canceling out a Christian Pulisic opening.

Last season, Leicester City defeated Thomas Tuchel’s side 1-0 thanks to a sensational Youri Tielemans goal, with a late equalizer by winger Ben Chilwell being ruled out by VAR.

The Blues will be seeking to avenge their previous cup disappointments by progressing through League One side Plymouth, who shocked Championship club Birmingham City 1-0 in the last round of the competition.

In his pre-match press conference, Tuchel confirmed that English trio Chilwell, Reece James, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will all miss the highly-anticipated showdown, while Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic remain doubtful following their recent international exploits.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash, Tuchel said: “Not Reece James and not Ben Chilwell. Not Ruben Loftus-Cheek. They are still injured. Everyone else was training except Thiago and Pulisic. Everyone else was there.

“We respect the game tomorrow. For them it is an opportunity to show and have nothing to lose. So we have to be prepared for that and, of course, we have a week where we play FA Cup, semi-final and maybe a final in the Club World Cup.”

First-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will be taking part in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final as his Senegal side face off against Egypt, meaning Spanish keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is likely to start between the posts for Chelsea on Saturday.

 Available Chelsea FA squad for the game

Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli.

Defenders : Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Andreas Christensen, Malang Sarr, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Lewis Hall, Xavier Mbuyamba.

Midfielders : Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Harvey Vale, Xavier Simons, Charlie Webster.

Forwards : Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, Jude Soonsup-Bell.

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