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Chelsea facing injury crisis with three stars facing layoffs including Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek and Christensen

CHELSEA are facing an injury crisis with three first-team stars ruled out.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen all missed Tuesday's Carabao Cup win over Southampton.

The club captain, 32, sustained a shoulder problem at Cobham on Monday.

Loftus-Cheek, 25, is struggling with his hip while Christensen, 25, needed an operation to sort out a tooth.

And the three absentees will be a concern with another busy week coming up for Chelsea.

The Blues have another three games, playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday.

That includes trips to Newcastle and Malmo in Sweden before a home tie with Burnley.

However, boss Thomas Tuchel is confident none of the three will be sidelined for long.

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The German said: “We hope Azpi is back.

“He had a shoulder injury on Monday after a little accident in training.

“He fell on his shoulder and it is very painful but it is Azpi and he is a tough guy.

“Ruben felt some pain in the hip joint after training and hopefully we can handle it until Saturday.

“Andreas needed surgery on his tooth and he should be back, if no complications, on Thursday in training."

Che Adams cancelled out Kai Havertz's opener at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup round of 16.

But Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero in the shootout once again as Chelsea booked their place in the quarter-finals, with the draw on Saturday.

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