FA Cup: Chelsea’s lineup versus Preston does not contain four important players


Four key Chelsea players will not take part in the Blues’ FA Cup third-round clash against Preston on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed this during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

The four players are Ben Chilwell, Carney Chukwuemeka, Benoit Badiashile and Romeo Lavia.

“Chilly and Carney are not available for tomorrow,” Pochettino said.

“We will see for the next game, the semi-final in Middlesbrough, and then Fulham. They are doing well, training with the group in the last few days and we are so happy with their progress.”

He added: “Romeo Lavia is recovering after his injury. We still don’t know when he is going to be available again because of the problem in his quad during the game against Palace. Benoit, I think, is going to be available next week.”

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