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Concern for Chelsea? Reasons for key defensive duo missing Southampton tie revealed

Concern for Chelsea? Reasons for key defensive duo missing Southampton tie revealed

An explanation for why all of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek missed Chelsea’s clash with Southampton has been provided.

Chelsea edge past Southampton

Chelsea would welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening for a League Cup meeting.

The Blues headed into the game on a superb run of form, which currently sees them sitting pretty atop of the Premier League.

However, Thomas Tuchel did make a number of changes against the Saints, including handing rare starts to Kepa Arrizabalaga and Saul Niguez.

Chelsea’s second-string side would eventually take the lead in the tie after 44 minutes via Kai Havertz.

However, Southampton looked a much better unit in the second 45 and took just two minutes to draw level after the break, through Che Adams.

And following this goal, the two sides could not be separated in normal time, with a penalty shootout instead needed.

The Londoners would emerge victorious from the shootout by a score of 4-3.

Why Azpilicueta, Christensen & Loftus-Cheek missed out vs Southampton

Following the game, Simon Johnson of The Athletic has explained why all of Azpilicueta, Christensen and Loftus-Cheek missed the game.

All three players were actually expected to start the game, but a shoulder issue, teeth surgery and a thigh problem saw them miss out.

No information is given on when said trio could be back, but Chelsea fans are no doubt concerned about having two of their main defenders out this coming weekend vs Newcastle.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3

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