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Chelsea FC XI vs Crystal Palace: Predicted line-ups, confirmed squad news and latest injuries for FA Cup semi-final

The Chelsea striker missed Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid with an Achilles problem but has returned to training and should be fit to play at Wembley.

His return is a boost for Chelsea, who will be looking to keep their season alive following their European elimination.

Callum Hudson-Odoi remains sidelined with his Achilles injury and Ben Chilwell is a long-time absentee, but other than that Tuchel has a fully fit squad to choose from.

After playing 120 minutes at the Bernabeu in midweek, Tuchel could be looking to freshen things up against Palace.

Azpilicueta is likely to return to the bottom three, with Reece James returning at right-back.

Apart from the quarter-final against Middlesbrough, Kepa Arrizabalaga has been the FA Cup goalkeeper this season and Tuchel has to decide whether to start him or Edouard Mendy in goal.

Mendy was preferred for the Carabao Cup final and Tuchel could stay with his No.1 given the importance of the match.

“Romelu was back in training on Thursday,” Tuchel said on Friday. “Let’s see if he can react or not.

“With the exception of Ben Chilwell and Calum Hudson-Odoi, everyone seems to be fine. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mont, Werner; Havertz.


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