Latest Chelsea team news and predicted lineup ahead of Carabao Cup clash with Tottenham

Chelsea host Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tonight (7:45 pm) UK time.

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In terms of team news, Chelsea have some positive news from the fitness desk with Timo Werner and Ruben Loftus-Cheek returning to training from Covid and injury respectively.

Romelu Lukaku is also set to return to the Chelsea squad after resolving the controversy surrounding an interview released by Sky Italia weeks ago.

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Lukaku has apologized to his teammates and everyone at Chelsea Football Club including the fans and the Belgian striker could feature tonight.

Hakim Ziyech also returned to Chelsea training after a spell on the sidelines while Trevoh Chalobah is unavailable after aggravating a hamstring injury against Liverpool on Sunday.

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Andreas Christensen is meanwhile a doubt as he’s not yet recovered from the knock he sustained against Brighton last midweek and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is obviously unavailable as he’s linked up with the Senegalese squad for the African Cup of Nations which kicks off in some days’ time.

Thomas Tuchel could ring some changes as several players were said to have sustained knocks after the game against Liverpool.

Predicted Chelsea xi: Kepa; Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta; Hudson-Odoi, Kanté, Jorginho, Alonso; Ziyech, Mount, Lukaku