- Trevor Chalobah is expected to make his first appearance for Chelsea in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final against Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia
- The English right-back has not featured for the Blues since picking up a hamstring injury in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool at the beginning of January
- Chelsea will be aiming to add another major trophy as the Blues begin their Club World Cup campaign but will do so without manager Thomas Tuchel who could not travel with the team
Trevor Chalobah returns to the Chelsea squad for the first time since January as the Blues prepare for their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final fixture against Saudi-Arabian club Al-Hilal.
The defender has not played for Chelsea since he picked up a hamstring injury in a 2-2 against Liverpool in a Premier League game.
According to The Chelsea Chronicle, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva are expected to start alongside the Chalobah in the heart of the Chelsea defence.
French defender, Ngolo Kante, Euros 2020 champion, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic is projected to lead the Blues three-man midfield
Record club signing, Romelu Lukaku might sit out the semi-final fixture as pundits expect Tuchel to feature fast-paced attackers in Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Mason Mount.
Thomas Tuchel to miss Chelsea’s Club World Cup semi-final
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel will miss Chelsea’s FIFA Club World Cup semi-final fixture this Wednesday, February 9, against Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia.
The German manager is still recovering and is under isolation after contracting COVID-19 with the Blues travelling to Abu Dhabi without their coach.
According to All Soccer UK, Thomas Tuchel is expected to be fully healthy and hearty to be in the final on Saturday if Chelsea gets through to that stage of the competition.
Manchester United’s top-four hopes dented
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Manchester United’s hopes for a top-four finish took a stumble as they were frustrated to a 1-1 draw by bottom-side Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday, February 8.
Paul Pogba’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Jay Rodriguez’s clever finish past David De Gea two minutes after halftime.
It proved to be the same story for the Red Devils, who once again paid the price for their wastefulness in front of the goal.