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How Chelsea could line up against Leeds United

How Chelsea could line up against Leeds United

Chelsea have another mini-injury crisis to work around for the visit of Leeds United on Saturday in the Premier League.

The Blues continue to cope without Trevoh Chalobah, N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell, while Mateo Kovacic has recovered from injury but is now COVID-positive.

Thomas Tuchel was also unable to call upon Jorginho or Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the midweek draw with Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League, but the former is thought to have a good chance of returning this week.

Two changes to the backline ought to see Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger return alongside Cesar Azpilicueta, with Malang Sarr and Andreas Christensen making way for the duo.

Should Jorginho be fit to return in midfield, Reece James should move back over to his favoured right-wing role, and Saul Niguez could therefore be given the opportunity to partner Jorginho in the engine room.

The Spaniard featured at left-wing back against Zenit, but Marcos Alonso is expected to be fine to start this encounter after coming off the bench in that Champions League clash.

Timo Werner will expect to hold his place up top after his midweek brace, with Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount joining the German in the final third.

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Saul, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Lukaku

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