London - Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be available for Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash at home to Manchester United.
England international missed the Europa League tie in Malmo on Thursday
due to an ongoing back problem and he will require a late fitness test
to prove his himself in time for the match at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has revealed that several unnamed
first-team players will be assessed ahead of the game, although he
confirmed a ‘very strong’ starting XI will be named.
Left-back Marcos Alonso was rested for the European encounter and he
is expected to return, whilst Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo
Higuain are all set to be recalled after being demoted to the bench
English forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, who continues to be linked with a
move to Bayern Munich, may also be handed a chance to impress as the
Blues try to persuade him to stay at the club.