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Eden Hazard to make first Chelsea start in four weeks

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard could start for the first time in four weeks in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at MK Dons.

Hazard is available for Chelsea. Credit: PA

Diego Costa is fit to feature despite suffering a knee problem in last week's Premier League win at Arsenal, but fellow striker Loic Remy (calf) is a doubt.

Striker Radamel Falcao (thigh) remains out and imminent deals for Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga are unlikely to be completed in time for them to feature.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Rahman, Oscar, Mikel, Traore, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Amelia, Aina, Loftus-Cheek.


Chelsea face Fifa investigation over Traore transfer

Chelsea's recruitment of young talent is under scrutiny after it emerged Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore played for their under-18s side when aged 16, in an apparent breach of Fifa regulations.

Could Chelsea face a transfer ban? Credit: PA

Chelsea could even face the prospect of being placed under a transfer embargo if found guilty of wrongdoing.

Chelsea believe Traore was the subject of an option agreement which allowed him to play in friendly games.

Fifa rules prohibit the international transfer of a minor (an under-18), with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid earlier this month handed transfer embargoes for the next two complete windows after breaching the regulations. Both clubs plan to contest the sanctions.

Barcelona were placed under a transfer embargo for infringing the same rules in 2014 and have only this month been allowed to register players again.

A Fifa spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "We are not in a position to comment on any investigations that are ongoing so as not to compromise the process, nor do we provide any comments as to whether or not any investigations are under way."

Chelsea loan defender Djilobodji to Werder Bremen

Papy Djilobodji has hardly featured for Chelsea. Credit: PA

Werder Bremen have signed Papy Djilobodji on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old joined the Blues from French club Nantes in the summer but managed only one minute of action for the Premier League champions.

Djilobodji's signing was confirmed by Bremen - who finished the first half of the Bundesliga campaign in 16th position out of 18 - on Thursday afternoon.

Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho admitted the Senegal defender was signed on a recommendation. But despite Chelsea's defensive lapses this season, neither Mourinho nor his successor Guus Hiddink, the caretaker boss, have opted to field Djilobodji in a Premier League game.

He becomes the 32nd Chelsea player to have been on loan at some stage this season.

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