Maurizio Sarri confirm key first team start will be rested in Today’s clash

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Chelsea will face Videoton on Thursday in the Europa League on Thursday and report claims Maurizio Sarri will rest Eden Hazard hinting he would hand Ruben Loftus-Cheek will earn his first start of the season for Chelsea.

The 22-year-old England player has recovered from a shin problem and is in line for a call-up while Spain winger Pedro has recovered from a shoulder problem.

“I have to speak to Pedro. He’s doing better, like Loftus-Cheek. And so I think tomorrow every player is available,” said Sarri. “I have to change five, six, seven players — I don’t know at the moment (how many).”

“Maybe tomorrow it’s time to see Loftus-Cheek, I think,” the Italian manager added. “He was unlucky in the last three weeks, after the national team (break). He had a problem. In the last five, six days, he has been better, so I think he is able to play tomorrow.”

Last season Loftus-Cheek enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace and was rewarded with a place in England’s World Cup squad. But the young midfielder has remained on the fringes of the first-team action at Chelsea.

He has made just two substitute appearances this season for Chelsea but he retained his place in the England squad and played an hour in the recent friendly against Switzerland.

Despite his recent lack of game time for Chelsea, he will hope to be involved in the England squad for upcoming matches against World Cup runners-up Croatia and Spain.


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