Youngsters Billy Gilmour and Tino Anjorin are in line to start but N’Golo Kante misses out with an injury as Chelsea gear up to take on Morecambe in the FA Cup.
Chelsea will be aiming to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup when they lock horns with League Two outfit Morecambe FC at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Heading into the game, manager Frank Lampard has been handed a fresh injury issue. Midfield mainstay N’Golo Kante has been ruled out of the contest with a hamstring problem. The diminutive Frenchman joins Reece James and Andreas Christensen out on the sidelines.
“Reece James is out of the game although he will be training with us tomorrow, but the game comes too early. ‘The same as Andreas Christensen and N’Golo Kante, who is out also with a minor hamstring injury so he misses this game and he is suspended for Fulham next Friday anyway. So we will get him right,” Lampard said in his pre-match presser.
Despite boasting a near full-strength squad at his disposal, Lampard is expected to ring in the changes when the Shrimps come visiting. Starting from goal, Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has been dislodged as the first-choice by Edouard Mendy, is in line to make his 100th appearance for Chelsea against Morecambe on Sunday.
With no Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta becomes the automatic pick at right-back while Emerson Palmieri should come in for Ben Chilwell on the opposite flank. Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva are likely to be given a rest, with Antonio Rudiger set for a starting berth at centre-back alongside the rarely seen Fikayo Tomori.
Youngster Billy Gilmour, who has impressed in the handful of opportunities that have come his way since returning from injury should start in the middle of the park in Kante’s absence. The Scotsman should have Jorginho for company, with Mateo Kovacic missing out.
Kai Havertz ought to feature in the No. 10 slot as he looks to find some form, with a game against the lower division outfit providing him with a good chance of doing so. The same goes for compatriot Timo Werner, who will be hoping to end his goal drought, starting as the centre-forward for Chelsea against Morecambe.
Callum Hudson-Odoi should get the nod on the right flank ahead of Hakim Ziyech, following his goal in the defeat to Manchester City last time out. On the opposite wing, Christian Pulisic could be rested as well, with youngster Tino Anjorin, who impressed on his full debut against Krasnodar last month, likely to get the nod on Sunday.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Tomori, Rudiger, Emerson; Jorginho, Gilmour; Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Anjorin; Werner