Chelsea receive injury boost ahead of Carabao Cup final

Chelsea are set to see two players return to action in time for the final this weekend, with both sides contending with numerous injuries.

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Chelsea and Liverpool have set up another date at Wembley this weekend, with the Carabao Cup title at stake.

It is a rematch of the 2021/22 final which saw the Reds narrowly edge out the Blues in a penalty shoot-out to win one of two trophies that season.

However, both sides have an extensive injury list which will only serve to decrease the quality of the final itself.

Although Liverpool are the favourites heading into the key clash, it would be unwise to write off this Chelsea side.

Gary Neville has already explained that Chelsea could prove dangerous in transitions – as Man City found out during their 1-1 draw with the Blues this past weekend.

Anything can happen in a once-off game, and Jurgen Klopp’s men will have to beware of over-confidence.

Chelsea receive injury boost

The Blues were in training on Tuesday afternoon as they prepare for a stern test against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Presumed first-choice ‘keeper Robert Sanchez returned to training on Tuesday after missing the aforementioned 1-1 draw at the Etihad this past weekend.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that it was a personal issue.

The Spain international, who has already made three appearances in the competition this season, is up against Djordje Petrovic for the starting position at Wembley.

However, Petrovic has been in fine form for the London club and could well start between the sticks against the Reds on Sunday.

Petrovic has been the ‘keeper since the quarter-final stage, so the Blues manager may opt to reward his player with a starting berth.

Due to a knee injury, Robert Sanchez, 26, hasn’t participated in any games since December – but was the number one option before then.

So, it remains to be seen how much of a boost it proves to be, with Pochettino certainly believing so:

“Is a good thing for the team. You will see [who starts as No.1]. It’s very good Sanchez is back. It’s better to have all the players available.”

Meanwhile, summer target Levi Colwill has issued a rallying cry ahead of the key clash, saying to Chelsea’s official website:

“Coming through the Academy, you’re taught that this is a club for winners. It’s part of our philosophy.”

“So we’ve got to go there and do everything to win.”

“That is what I expect from myself, that is what expected when you’re at Chelsea.”

“Personally, it would be big [to win]. But it’s not about me, it’s about the club.”

“We want to show we’re winners, that we can lift trophies for Chelsea. That is what we’re going there to do.”

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