Chelsea FC vs Newcastle - Alvaro Morata doubtful as Chelsea host Newcastle



Posted Saturday, January 12, 2019 by PA

Chelsea FC vs Newcastle - Alvaro Morata doubtful as Chelsea host Newcastle

Alvaro Morata is an injury doubt for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on Saturday.

The Spanish striker missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Tottenham with a minor hamstring problem.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) is out and Cesc Fabregas will not be considered ahead of his likely move to Monaco.

Newcastle defenders Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark will both return to contention for the trip.

Fernandez (hip) and Clark (ankle) will give boss Rafael Benitez more options at the back, but Jonjo Shelvey (thigh) will play no part and fellow defender Kenedy is not eligible to face his parent club.

Benitez made eight changes for the FA Cup tie against Blackburn last week and will revert back to his strongest line-up, although Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Karl Darlow (elbow) are still out.

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