Chelsea vice-captain Ben Chilwell has been dropped to the bench for today’s clash at Bournemouth, with Conor Gallagher captaining the side.
Mauricio Pochettino has opted to tweak his team as he looks for just a second win in five games, despite a mounting injury list which is now in double figures after Romeo Lavia‘s setback.
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The 19-year-old midfielder signed from Southampton last month but is yet to make his debut. Chelsea say he is being “assessed for an injury” after twisting his ankle over the international break
Lavia joins Benoit Badiashile, Armando Broja, Christopher Nkunku, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Carney Chukwuemeka, Trevoh Chalobah and Marcus Bettinelli on the sidelines.
Badiashile and Broja are closing in on a recovery but won’t play at Bournemouth with a return earmarked for the match next week at home to Aston Villa.
Confirmed team news
Bournemouth XI: Neto, Aarons, Zabarnyi, Kelly, Kerkez, Christie, Cook, Ouattara, Billing, Tavernier, Solanke
Subs: Brooks, Rothwell, Smith, Sinisterra, Kluivert, Andrei Radu, Traore, Semenyo, Senesi
Chelsea XI: Sanchez, Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill, Gallagher, Ugochukwu, Sterling, Fernandez, Mudryk, Jackson
Subs: Palmer, Chilwell, Petrovic, Maatsen, Washington, Bergstrom, Gilchrist, Matos, Stutter
Injuries: James, Lavia, Badiashile, Broja, Chukwuemeka, Fofana, Chalobah, Bettinelli, Nkuknu
Time and date: 2pm, Sunday September 17, 2023
Venue: Vitality Stadium