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Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero was confirmed in the 23-men-squad selected by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli for this summer World Cup in Russia.

The top-notch player ruled-out by this squad was Serie A join-top-scorer Mauro Icardi, who netted the ball 29 times during this campaign – along with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile-  helping Inter to go back to Champions League after 6 years of absence.

The list in full:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Ansaldi

Midfielders: Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Lucas Biglia, Ever Banega, Giovani Lo Celso, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Eduardo Salvio

Forwards: Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain.



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Three Chelsea players make Belgium 28-men-provisional squad for Russia 2018 World Cup: Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi are among the players called by coach Roberto Martinez before travelling to Eastern Europe, five of these will be withdrawn on 04/06, when the list will be reduced to 23 players.

Surprisingly Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan was ruled out of the list, officially for tactical reasons.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Matz Sels (Newcastle United)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (LAFC), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli)


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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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Speaking about Ross Barkley‘s signing again Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed the former Everton midfielder will have to do everything to show he deserve being in the England squad for Russia 2018 World Cup:

“We have five months to show he deserves a call with the national team for the World Cup,” Conte told Sky Sports News.

I hope [he gets one], because it means he will do very well with us.

“It’s important for me to see him, to understand his physical condition,” the Italian added when asked about a timescale for the midfielder’s return to full fitness.

“My hope is to have this player [available] very quickly.

 “He can play in midfield, if we play with three midfielders, or number 10 if we play 3-4-3. Before playing we must be sure that he is into our idea of football. Otherwise, it’s a problem for him and it’s a problem for the rest of the team.”

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David Luiz is ready to be back in Chelsea starting XI in tomorrow’s FA Cup clash against Norwich, Antonio Conte revealed it during today’s press conference:

David Luiz is ready and will be in contention for tomorrow’s game,” the Italian coach claimed.

Conte also revealed that he’s got just one issue for the upcoming FA Cup match against the Canaries:

“The only problem we have is Eden Hazard. He had a kick in his calf and we have to solve this problem.”

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David Luiz has been out of the squad for more than one month- apparently for a knee injury- even if speculations claim the Brazilian defender fell out with manager Antonio Conte.

Speaking about the former PSG player conditions in his press conference today the Italian boss explained:

“He’s got a big inflammation in his knee and we’re trying to solve this issue with the doctors, but I don’t know when he is able to come back with us, the medical department is trying to solve this.

“He’s working apart, the last days he was working in the swimming-pool, today he was on the pitch to run but he could do that very slowly.

“Every player is frustrated when he doesn’t play, especially when you got an injury, every player wants to take part to training sessions, they want the coach to have issues for his choices.

“Of course it’s frustrating because you cannot be in contention for the competition.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists that David Luiz is still on the sidelines because of a knee injury.

The Brazilian defender has reportedly fell off with the Italian manager, but Conte claims the former PSG and Benfica player has been fighting with a knee issue for a month:

“He’s having treatment in his knee,” Conte said ahead of Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

“It’s not simple to understand how much longer [he will have this] injury but at the same time I think the doctors are doing the best to try and allow him to recover very soon.”

Luiz has skipped also today’s training session with his team-mates and he has been training alone for the last two weeks to try to recover from this knee injury, but since he had issues with Conte in the last month – he was even left out of the game squad against Manchester United – speculations have mounted about the defender been left out of the first team squad for his misunderstandings with the Blues boss.



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Antonio Conte reveals that he was forced to leave David Luiz out the squad selected for Swansea clash because of a knee issue suffered by the Brazilian defender:

“Now it is very difficult. He had liquid in his knee and we have to assess his recovery on the time,” the Italian manager explained after the 1-0  win over the Welsh side.

“I hope to not lose him for a lot of time and I need to have all my players.”

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– 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


– 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




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 ahead of WBA game at Premier League restart after the international break Antonio Conte immediately gave an injury update:

Bathsuayi has a problem in his ankle, Musonda has a problem in his knee, Moses will be back next week.”

Asked if David Luiz is in this game squad after being left out in the clash against Manchester United, the Italian boss replied:

“Yes, he is in the squad, it was my decision to leave him out a couple of weeks ago,” Conte revealed.

He added: “I think the most important thing is to prepare the next game and to pay great attention, not to speak about a single player.”

Chelsea won the title at The Hawthorns last May, so to go back there must be a special feeling for Conte and his guys:

“It was a fantastic moment for me, for the players, for the club, for the fans.

“We won the league and it was great, I remember that moment very well and I am proud for what we did last season.

“Now we have to look at the present and this will be a really tough game because also last year WBA played a great game, two great games, because they were strong at Stamford Bridge as well. We want to try to continue to win.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are doing very well while on loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea, Conte was asked if it was the right decision to send them on loan instead of including them in this season first team squad:

“I think we are talking about two young players, they will be the future of Chelsea, it’s right for them to play regularly. I read RLC’s interview: this experience is important for him, for his development, for his maturity. It’s the same path that Christensen followed when he was loaned two seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach.”

About Danny Drinkwater‘s fitness he said:

“Against Manchester United he suffered a knock in his calf, he started to work with us only this week, he was intelligent to stop.

“I think this is not a great moment for Italy, for my country, to miss the World Cup after 56 years it’s a half disaster for us, because you know how important football is for Italy. I hope the federation will work to improve the situation.”


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