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The managers have been speaking to BT Sport. Steve Bruce says he “couldn’t risk Wilson with the amount of games coming up … Almiron [as sub] has nothing to do with his agent, he’s been halfway around the world so it’s only right he starts on the bench … Chelsea are a very good side so we’re in for a very difficult game.”
Meanwhile here’s Frank Lampard on his defence: “Thiago travelled back from South America and with his age I have to look after him … some people would say they’d like to have five centre-backs of our quality, but to deal with it week to week and get them the game time, probably one or two of them don’t like me very much … it depends on how you train, how you are, and how you take your chance, so those are the rules.”
Callum Wilson hasn’t made it. Newcastle had hoped the striker would recover from his hamstring injury, but he hasn’t even made the bench. He’s one of four changes to the team that went down 2-0 at Southampton, with Fabian Schar, Jeff Hendrick and Miguel Almiron dropping to the bench. Ciaran Clark, Javi Manquillo, Isaac Hayden and Joelinton are the men taking their place.
Chelsea are in If It Ain’t Broke mode. Only one change to the team that saw off Sheffield United with ease: Antonio Rudiger replaces Thiago Silva, who is rested in the wake of international duty with Brazil.