Aston Villa v Chelsea: Confirmed Premier League rosters

Chelsea return to domestic action today as they travel to Aston Villa after a successful trip to the San Siro which saw them thrash AC Milan 2-0 and take them top of their group UEFA Champions League.

Graham Potter’s side are aiming to win five straight in all competitions and maintain their position above Manchester United in the table, who sit one point behind them in fifth.

The Blues will be without Reece James after the right-back suffered a knee injury in Italy and is expected to be MIA for up to two months. The likes of Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech are still unavailable for selection.

There is room for Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell as they replace the absent James, with Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both returning to the starting XI.

Here are the confirmed compositions.

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Emily Martinez

Matty Cash Ezri Konsa Tyrone Mings Ashley Young

John McGinn Douglas Luiz Jacob Ramsey

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Danny Ings Ollie Watkins Leon Bailey

Subs: Morgan Sanson, Emiliano Buendia, Calum Chambers, Marvelous Nakaamba, Jan Bednarek, Robin Olsen (GK), Leander Dendoncker, Philipe Coutinho, Lamare Bogarde

Reece James beaten against AC Milan

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz

Ben Chilwell Mason Mount Mateo Kovacic Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Trevoh Chalobah Thiago Silva Marc Cucurella

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Subs: Christian Pulisic, Jorginho, Marcus Bettinelli, Edouard Mendy (GK), Armando Broja, Denis Zakaria, Conor Gallagher, Cesar Azpilicueta, Carney Chukwuemeka, Kalidou Koulibaly


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