Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - Mason Mount faces late fitness test

Posted Friday, November 08, 2019 by PA

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - Mason Mount faces late fitness test

Chelsea will hand a late fitness test to Mason Mount for the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace but will be without fellow midfielders Ross Barkley and Jorginho.

Mount suffered an ankle injury during the midweek Champions League draw with Ajax, while Barkley has been ruled out with a similar issue and Jorginho is suspended after picking up his fifth top-flight booking of the season.

Defender Antonio Rudiger has undergone groin surgery and remains sidelined, along with midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles).

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has reported an entirely fit squad to choose from.

Winger Andros Townsend missed the defeat against Leicester with a muscle strain, while midfielder James McArthur came off late on with a back problem.

Defender Gary Cahill and Cheikhou Kouyate have both showed no issues following knocks to the head, while Mamadou Sakho (thigh) and striker Connor Wickham, who has been building up his match fitness, are also available again.

Chelsea provisional squad: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Zouma, Palmieri, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Willian, Pulisic, Abraham, Caballero, Christensen, Alonso, James, Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Giroud.

Crystal Palace provisional squad: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Schlupp, Cahill, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Ayew, Zaha, Hennessey, Dann, Kelly, Meyer, McCarthy, Camarasa, Benteke, Townsend, Sakho, Wickham.

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