CHELSEA face Aston Villa in Abu Dhabi as both teams prepare for the Premier League’s return. Because of the World Cup, England’s top flight has been halted while the competition in Qatar takes place.
Chelsea will be hoping to resurrect their season after the World Cup.
However, as the tournament’s latter stages approach, Premier League clubs have one eye on a return to club football.
And we have all the details as Chelsea and Aston Villa return to action in Abu Dhabi for a warm-weather training camp.
Chelsea receives a boost after four injured players are named to the squad for the trip to Abu Dhabi, and James trains.
Villa want Abraham to leave, and Roma are “ready to listen to offers for the ex-Blue.”
On Sunday, December 11, the Villains will face Chelsea.
The match between Aston Villa and Chelsea will begin at 2.10pm UK time.
The event will be held at Al Nahyan Stadium, which has a capacity of 15,000 people.
What channel is it, and can it be watched live?
Chelsea has yet to announce whether the game will be broadcast on their website or the 5th Stand app.
What is the most recent team news?
Both teams are missing key players from the World Cup, with Matty Cash, Jan Bednarek, and Leander Dendonker unlikely to return in time for the Villains and Emiliano Martinez still out.
Several players have been named to Villa’s squad, but their availability will be questioned as they recover. Phillipe Coutinho and Diego Carlos are two of them.
Chelsea will be without Thiago Silva, Denis Zakaria, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea also have injury doubts for N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Wesley Fofana, while Kepa Arrizabalaga, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Reece James.
It remains to be seen what the short-term future holds for Raheem Sterling, who has returned to England from Qatar after his house was broken into.
Olsen, Marschall, Zych, Young, Konsa, Chambers, Mings, Digne, Feeney, Augustinsson, Carlos, Bogarde, Revan, Luiz, McGinn, Sanson, Nakamba, Ramsey, Kamara, Raikhy, Buendia, Coutinho, O’Reilly, Young, Ings, Watkins, Archer, Bailey
Chelsea’s starting lineup is as follows: Kepa, Bettinelli, Beach, Humphreys, Gilchrist, Chalobah, Rankine, Brooking, Chilwell, James, Cucurella, Fofana, Hall, Webster, Elliot, Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Chukwuemeka, Hutchinson, Mothersille, Burstow, Aubameyang, Broja