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Hazard set for first Chelsea start of the season

Hazard came off the bench in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge Credit: PA

Forward Eden Hazard is set to start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday night's Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest.

Defender David Luiz is suspended for three games and winger Pedro is unlikely to be risked due to a leg injury, while midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) is also absent.

Striker Michy Batshuayi could start, with young players Charly Musonda and Kenedy also expected to be given first-team opportunities in a rotated squad.

Chelsea squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Scott, Eduardo.


Mourinho to name strong United side for Burton tie

Luke Shaw could be in-line for his first minutes of the season. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho will name a strong Manchester United side against Burton, although changes are expected for the Carabao Cup encounter.

Captain Michael Carrick, left-back Luke Shaw and midfielder Scott McTominay are pushing for their first minutes of the season, so too is goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Paul Pogba (hamstring) and Axel Tuanzebe (back) are out of the third-round tie, joining Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (both knee) on the sidelines.

Manchester United squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Herrera, Carrick, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial.


Silva returns to Portugal in new Leicester move twist

In limbo Silva unable to complete £22million Leicester City move. Credit: PA

Midfielder Adrien Silva has returned to Portugal as Leicester continue to wait on his availability.

The Portugal international is not allowed to train with the Foxes after FIFA blocked his £22million switch from Sporting Lisbon because his documentation was received by the FA 14 seconds after the deadline.

Leicester are still yet to hear whether the transfer will be ratified and Silva will continue to sit out when they host Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old has trained with the fitness coaches as the club formalise an appeal but Silva has returned home for now.

Boss Craig Shakespeare said: "He has gone back to Portugal for the time being. He is an expecting father so he spent a bit of time with his family at the weekend. Then we will see what the process brings from now on.

"The conversations I've had with him so far are very brief but of course in the back of his mind the World Cup will be a concern. But I think he is more interested in finding the right solution for here and now."

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