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Willian, Morata, Courtois Out Of Newcastle United Clash; Conte Expects "Difficult" Game

Willian, Morata, Courtois Out Of Newcastle United Clash; Conte Expects

"It's very hard to tell today, only that they need to come back", Conte said at his pre-match news conference.

"Willian is out. Today with the doctor, he will have a scan to evaluate his injury but I don't think we're talking about a serious injury". It's good news for us'. I will be very happy if there are some players.

"I am happy to work with my players, to work for this club and I'm happy to try every day to give everything for this job", he said. "It doesn't change my opinion after only three days".

"I think it is right to have this type of situation", the former Juventus manager added.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) returned to training today and could feature, but striker Alvaro Morata (back) and midfielder Willian (hamstring) are out.

Following Thursday's (AEDT) defeat to Arsenal in the EFL Cup semi-finals, the FA Cup arguably represents Chelsea's best opportunity for silverware this season - Barcelona await in the UEFA Champions League last 16 and they trail Premier League leaders Manchester City by 15 points.

On the future of Charly Musonda and if Ross Barkley will make his first start against Newcastle United, Conte said: "As I said before, to buy or sell the club decide".

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But questioned whether the England worldwide would be fit to start, Conte said: "After a bad injury, you need a bit of time to be 100% fit".

"I am not anxious".

"The players are happy because they want to play and play every game. He is available on Sunday".

The Blues will host Rafael Benitez's side in search for a victory to bounce back from the disappointment of being knocked out by of the Carabao Cup by Arsenal on Wednesday [24 January]. We lost against Arsenal, now there is another competition.

Newcastle want out of this competition with the issues they have in the Premier League, especially with a crucial home game against Burnley to come on Wednesday night. "In this situation is more hard for the coach, not the players they love to play and not have training sessions".

"As you know this competition is very hard".


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