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Good news for Chelsea ahead of Everton game despite Morata blow

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are nursing sensitive heads today, after a night of celebrating their side’s win over Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup. The Blues are now through to the semi-final of the competition, with a game against Arsenal in the offing.

However, there’s little time for Chelsea to revel in the win, with another big fixture coming up on Saturday. Antonio Conte’s men are set to take on Everton this weekend in a game that is sure to pack out the Transfer Tavern. The Toffees have been in fine form under Sam Allardyce, and so it won’t be an easy game for Chelsea.

Fortunately, there is some good news for the club ahead of the game. According to Antonio Conte, via fitness expert Ben Dinnery, the Blues have no new injury concerns ahead of the game – with the Chelsea boss having a large squad to select his team from.

That does suggest that David Luiz still isn’t fit, but with the emergence of Andreas Christensen, that isn’t a big problem for Chelsea. Significantly, though, the duo of Pedro and Willian, both of whom were withdrawn midway through the second-half aren’t injured or lacking fitness as has been feared.

The news will certainly be welcomed at Stamford Bridge, with Alvaro Morata’s suspension a massive blow for the club. Indeed, the Spaniard is likely to have started the game, and so Conte will be glad that his attack hasn’t suffered any other concerns ahead of time.

Landlord’s Verdict

Morata’s unavailability is a blow for Chelsea, but it’s not the end of the world.

With the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro, Willian and Michy Batshuayi all available, Antonio Conte should have a lot of options from which to choose.

The Blues seem to have been picking up injuries every week lately, with players like Danny Drinkwater, Eden Hazard and David Luiz all picking up problems throughout the campaign. Conte will be glad for the respite this time around, with the busy festive period well underway.

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