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Chelsea news, rumours and transfers: Havertz well placed to start ahead of Lukaku versus Madrid.

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Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Tuesday evening that all his players are fit to face Real Madrid except Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell.

Hudson-Odoi remains out with an Achilles issue but isn’t thought to be far away from marking his return.

Meanwhile, Chilwell is expected to be out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Reece James returned at the weekend and Andreas Christensen is available despite being an unused substitute at the weekend.

Trevoh Chalobah was left out of the squad that lost 4-1 to Brentford for tactical reasons.

Chelsea lose to Nottingham Forest in the FA Youth Cup semi-final

Chelsea collapsed to three late goals away at the City Ground in the FA Youth Cup semi-final to lose 3-1 after Charlie Webster had opened the scoring.

Goals from Dale Taylor and two from Detlef Esapa-Osong in the last 10 minutes consigned Ed Brand’s side to defeat.

It has been a tough season for Chelsea at youth level. They got knocked out of the UEFA Youth League in a 5-1 defeat to Genk, lost to minnows Forest and are fighting against relegation at Under-23 level in Premier League 2.

They do, however, have a chance to end with some silverware with the Under-18s Premier League Cup still available as end of season silverware but it is a far cry from the success in recent years.

Havertz, Lukaku and Werner come into focus

I’ve written a piece on Kai Havertz for tomorrow morning but I recently published a look at Romelu Lukaku’s reduced role at Chelsea.

He has been benched for the last four Premier League and last two Champions League matches.

Glenn Hoddle believes that Thomas Tuchel is making the right call so it is on the Belgian to react in the right way.

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