The four Man City players Pep Guardiola will be without for clash vs Chelsea and Frank Lampard

Chelsea’s first home game of the Premier League restart is a big one.

They face reigning champions Manchester City on Thursday evening and can take another big step towards securing a top-four finish with victory over Pep Guardiola’s side.

Frank Lampard’s side may have already been given an indication that the Spaniard will rotate his squad with an FA Cup quarter-final on the horizon against Newcastle United.

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One City player who will miss the game inn SW6 is Sergio Aguero.

The striker limped out of City’s 5-0 win over Burnley on Monday night shortly before half-time and it has since been confirmed that he is to undergo surgery in Barcelona.

“Tomorrow we will do a surgery in Barcelona with Dr Cugat,” Guardiola told reporters. “After that we don’t know when he will come back and join us.

“After the surgery [we will know more]. He will tell us with more accuracy when he can come back.”

In terms of replacements for Aguero, Guardiola could have a trick up his sleeve ahead of the meeting at Stamford Bridge.

“We don’t have any doubts about Gabriel [Jesus],” he added. “Only doubt we have is that not one single player with the preparation we had can play every game.

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“No one player can play 90 minutes every three days. Raheem can play in this position, even Gundogan can.

“We have different options. Not a striker, but we have other options.”

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