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Chelsea vs Newcastle United, FA Cup fourth round

28 January 2018, 12:10 | Susie Olson

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Willian, meanwhile, started at the Emirates but was forced off in the 30th minute with a hamstring injury and replaced by Ross Barkley.

Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois and Willian will be unavailable when Chelsea take on Newcastle United in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday [28 January] but manager Antonio Conte suggested that Cesc Fabregas may have a chance to be back.

It is heartbreaking news for Alvaro Morata as his best friend died in a auto crash earlier this week, The Daily Mail reports.

"Morata and Courtois are out", Conte confirmed in the press conference ahead of the FA Cup clash with the Magpies.

Asked when the pair will return, the Italian responded: 'I don't know, it is very hard to tell you today how many days they need to come back.

It was the 24-year-old's first appearance of the season after he missed the first half of the campaign as he recovered from a serious hamstring injury.

"For this reason, sometimes I don't sleep, especially when you have to face hard situations, and we have to try to invent something before the game or during the game". Fabregas trained today and tomorrow I will check his physical condition, but this is good news for us.


Willian will miss the clash with Newcastle after suffering an injury against Arsenal. As I said before, I think I'm repeating every three days, I will be very happy to continue to work with my players.

"I go to the living room and then sometimes I start to work, to watch the game or to try to find a new solution".

"I think this is normal".

The recurring injuries clearly seem to have had a profound impact on the performances of the Blues who failed to top their Champions League table and got eliminated in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Chelsa manager Conte said: "After a bad injury you need a bit of time to be fit, 100%".

Conte, who won the Premier League in his first season in charge last term, was asked if he is happy and he replied: "Yes, I'm happy".



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