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After featuring as substitutes in the win over Arsenal, Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic will be pushing for starts at St. James’ Park this weekend.
Maurizio Sarri said in Friday’s press conference that the pair were ready to play around 50-60 minutes at Newcastle, so Willian and Ross Barkley’s places look under some threat.
Further news is awaited on Cesc Fabregas’ knee injury but, Hazard and Kovacic aside, the Blues look likely to line up as they have done in the first two matches of this season.
Sarri’s reputation as a manager who tends to shun rotation means that the likes of Victor Moses, Andreas Christensen and Olivier Giroud may be warming the bench once more.