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Chelsea star Willian made it to Russia 2018 World Cup as he was included in Brazil official squad by the Verdeouro coach Tite.

This is their squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City) e Cássio (Corinthians)

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Geromel (Grêmio), Filipe Luís (Atlético de Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Internazionale), Fágner (Corinthians), Thiago Silva (PSG)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)

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LIVERPOOL

– Joel Matip is a doubt for the hosts with a thigh strai

– Adam Lallana should be fit as he battles a similar issue

– Nathaniel Clyne remains out with a long-term back problem

CHELSEA

– Victor Moses is available following a six-week absence

– Michy Batshuayi is out for an ankle injury

– Charly Musonda jr. Is out for a knee injury

– Kenedy is out for an undisclosed issue

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

 

LIVERPOOL – Mignolet; Milner, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho; Salah, Firmino, Mane-

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

CHELSEA – Courtois; Christensen, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Speaking about the available players for Stoke City away game Antonio Conte confirmed he is considering to start Eden Hazard after the Belgian completed his recovery from a broken ankle injury and, furthermore, that the only player that is not available for a calf injury is Danny Drinkwater, who will probably come back after the international break mid-October.

Of course, David Luiz cannot be selected for the Britannia Stadium clash, as he is suspended after receiving a straight red-card against Arsenal last weekend, while Tiemoué Bakayoko, who had a minor car accident yesterday, didn’t suffer any major consequence:

All players are available for tomorrow except Drinkwater. Bakayoko is fit, it was a minor accident, he is fit,” the Italian manager confirmed during today’s press conference.

Speaking about Eden Hazard, who started his first game with Chelsea after his broken ankle injury last Wednesday against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, Conte said:

“I am pleased for Eden because in the last game he played very well, he played with a good intensity, now his injury is overcome, now we have to play three games, there is the chance to try to pick him for these games.”

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Antonio Conte confirmed it again: Eden Hazard is back and he’s available to play against Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.

The Italian manager revealed he’s got no injured players for this clash and all the squad can be selected:

“We have no injury problems, all players available, someone can be tired but it’s normal after international break.

“Eden is available, he’s selected for tomorrow’s game, he’s improving a lot and working very hard to be ready, I have to decide the right moment for him to come back, but he’s available now.

“It’s normal when there is a bad injury and surgery to pay attention to the recovery, don’t forget Eden is an important player for us, he has to continue to play, not to stop himself.”

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Antonio Conte reveals that Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko will skip not only the Community Shield clash against Arsenal but also the first Premier League game against Burnley next week.

The two players are recovering from two different injuries: Hazard broke his ankle while on duty with Belgium in June and Bakayoko underwent a knee surgery last May.

When asked if he knew when the players could be available, Conte said:

“Honestly no. It’s too early and we have to wait and have patience.

“For sure they are improving a lot and recovering very well from their injuries but they are not ready for the start of the season.

“Eden, as you know, has an ankle problem. After surgery it’s important to respect the right time to recover. Bakayoko had surgery in his knee and he is working very well.

“After surgery it is important to expect the right time to recover. Their work is going very well.”

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Gary Cahill was hospitalized for two days after falling ill last Tuesday: a club spokesperson revealed the English defender had a bad gastroenteritis that wasn’t related, anyway, to the bug that affected Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa and Victor Moses in the past weekend, with the Spanish full-back forced to skip the game against Manchester United at last minute:

“For sure this period it’s not lucky for us,” Conte claimed speaking about Cahill’s illness.

“When we started to train back on Tuesday he arrived to training ground with a bit of fever and our doctor preferred to bring him to the hospital to check his condition, now he’s getting better, but for tomorrow he’s a doubt. His problem was that he got gastroenteritis, but we are controlling the situation.”

His physical condition is not good after two days in hospital and not training the whole week, that’s why the Blues centre-back won’t be probably selected for this crucial upcoming clash.

Due to Cahill’s illness, Conte could be forced to choose another defender in the three back and John Terry can be a possible candidate:

“This is a semifinal, in this season we tried to have two options in every position, John’s position is in the middle in the 3 back, usually where David Luiz play, I have to think for tomorrow, we have different solutions.”

Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma are the favourite candidates to replace Cahill in tomorrow’s starting line-up.

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Tomorrow night’s clash at Anfield comes in very strage moment of the season, since it will be played in the last hours of this January transfer window.

Branislav Ivanovic and Asmir Begovic are in negotiation with other teams and have a chance to leave Chelsea before Liverpool’s match asked if they will be selected for the game against Reds,  Conte replied:

“Until now yes, after the training session I will decide for this.”

Asked if Ivanovic already took a decision on his future, he said:

“I spoke to him about this decision, he’s in talkings with other clubs but until now we don’t know anything and we have to wait.

“He gave a lot to Chelsea, we have to see if he’s able to play for many years, at those levels, if you are not playing a lot you can decide to make the decision to go for another team.

“When you start the season and you start to train with a group of players, you create a bond, so you are sorry to see them go, the same was for Oscar and Mikel, so we have to prepare for the situation.”

When asked about Begovic’s situation, Conte replied:

“Until now I haven’t news about Asmir, he wants to go to play every game, but he knows our situation really well, if we are able to find a good replacement he goes, otherwise he stays with us to fight with the team, to fight in the title race.

“I’ve been in football for many years and I am used to this kind of situations for players and managers, if I can help my players to be happy I am glad, but I have also to be sure the situation don’t penalise the team.

Asked how it feels to play such an important game during the last hours of the transfer window, Conte said:

“Tomorrow at 11 pm this transfer window shuts down, it’s very strange that it finishes after our game, it’s very strange.

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Diego Costa had words of encouragement for Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who was not selecyed by Spain boss Julen Lopetegui for the World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania after losing his starting spot in the Chelsea midfield under Antonio Conte this season:

“He knows that he has the chance to come back to the national team one day.

“It’s always important to be called back by the national team.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored the second goal of the six with whom Spain beat South Korea last night in Salzburg, Austria, in a friendly game to prepare next European tournament in France.

The Blues number 4 played the first half,  as well as his club mate Cesar Azpilicueta.

The other Chelsea Spanish player selected for EURO 2016, Pedro, was not used by the coach Vicente Del Bosque.

The other goals were scored by David Silva, Alvaro Morata ( brace) and Nolito ( brace).

Se-Jong Joo scored the only goal for South Korea.

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Yesterday the 23-men-squads travelling to France for EURO 2016 were confirmed by the international coaches.

Chelsea will have six players taking part to the competition, plus new manager Antonio Conte, that is currently Italy’s coach.

Let’s see who are the Blues who will be in EURO 2016:

SPAINCesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro 

BELGIUMEden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois

ENGLAND Gary Cahill

ITALY Antonio Conte ( coach)

 

Kurt Zouma could not take part to the tournament for his knee injury, while players like Diego Costa and Loic Remy that used to be regulars in their national teams were snubbed by their coaches.

ChelseaNews24 will follow their performances at EURO 2016 and will update you with the main news of the competition, so stay tuned!

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