Kepa will start, Bate travels, Werner injured

Chelsea headed north yesterday afternoon to face Barnsley in the FA Cup 5th Round tonight.

There was first of all news that academy youngster Lewis Bate travelled with the first team squad, and more could also be on the bench after training with them yesterday.

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Lewis Bate has travelled with Chelsea’s squad to Barnsley.

Read more on him here as we await a possible debut. #CFC

Worth noting Tino Anjorin’s efforts too after he has fought his way to be a permanent fixture of Tuchel’s #CFC first-team squad so far.

— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) February 10, 2021

All smiles but no Kai Havertz in training again.

Lewis Bate, Livramento, Levi Colwill, and Anjorin all trained.

— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) February 10, 2021

Billy Gilmour is expected to start, and Kepa Arrizabalaga has been confirmed by Thomas Tuchel to be starting tonight. But no Kai Havertz in training again and it is puzzling as to why no reporters are asking why or reporting on it.

Thomas Tuchel insists Kepa Arrizabalaga isn’t done at Chelsea and is offering him a clean slate.
– He starts tomorrow
– Gilmour expected to
– Werner rested after dead leg
– Bate to travel: #CFC

— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) February 10, 2021

However, there will be no Thiago Silva or Timo Werner featuring at all, both are still out injured, and Tuchel provided some further information on Werner’s injury in the non-live section of the press conference yesterday afternoon.

Thomas Tuchel on Timo Werner’s dead leg:

“We didn’t risk it today and we will not risk it tomorrow. We could have risked it but the decision stands. Hopefully, he will recover and be back on Monday [to face Newcastle].”

[via @NizaarKinsella]

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