Pochettino worried about Caicedo injury as Merson predicts Chelsea result

Pochettino worried about Caicedo injury as Merson predicts Chelsea result

Your Chelsea digest on Saturday morning, November 25.

Caicedo concern

Mauricio Pochettino has provided an injury update on Levi Colwil, Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku, while also revealing a potential issue with Moises Caicedo. Ahead of what is expected to be a difficult clash in Tyneside this weekend, the 51-year-old said: “Colwill, yes. Lavia and Nkunku still out.

“It’s difficult to assess them. They are in a good condition. Nkunku a little ahead of Lavia. Doing things with the group last week, still not full recovery.”

Then, when asked to confirm whether everyone has returned from international duty, Pochettino replied: “Today was the last one, Moises Caicedo. Now we need to assess.

“They already know the starting eleven for tomorrow. I’m not going to make public. All arrive in a normal condition. Already picked the starting eleven. I will give to you tomorrow.”

Merson prediction

Paul Merson has named three players who must start for Chelsea against Newcastle United. In his weekly column for Sportskeeda, the former Arsenal midfielder said: “This is going to be another huge game.

It’s one of those games where the result will be dictated by the availability of players. If Chelsea can get through the first 30 minutes without getting conceding a goal, this could be an extremely interesting encounter.

“Chelsea are starting to adapt to Mauricio Pochettino’s style. They are able to give any side a run for their money at this point. I think Chelsea have to stick with Nicolas Jackson, Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer in attack.”

Speaking to Paddy Power, Mark Lawrenson claimed Arsenal would be the best fit for Ivan Toney. The former Liverpool defender said: “Ivan Toney would be a good fit at Arsenal. It would be difficult for him as he wouldn’t have been at a big club before, where it’s a completely different mentality.

“If Arsenal sign him, they’ll make sure he gets loads of supply up top. He scores penalties, which is a bonus. If he doesn’t need to move house or his family out of London, it’s a no brainer.

“Throughout his career, he’s continued to improve and if he went to Arsenal, playing with better players than he is now, he’d get even better. It would be a good move for Ivan Toney and for Arsenal.”

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