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Chelsea have Ben Chilwell fit for today’s lunchtime kick-off against Newcastle.

Chilwell suffered a minor back injury with England in the Nations League defeat by Belgium last weekend, but starts in the Premier League fixture at St James’ Park.

However, Thiago Silva is rested for this afternoon’s match following his travels with Brazil during the international break, with Antonio Rudiger making his first Premier League start of the season.

Christian Pulisic is still recovering from a hamstring injury so misses out on Tyneside.

Kai Havertz has been given the all-clear following his positive coronavirus test earlier this month and has been training alone in a bid to restore match fitness, though he doesn’t make Frank Lampard’s matchday squad.

Meanwhile, Lampard has called for a return of five substitutes in the face of a growing number of injuries in this Covid-impacted 2020/21 campaign.

He said: “I think it is something we have to address again with all clubs. I know we had a vote early season.

“Nothing changed in terms of our professional environment since when we had five substitutes after the restart. In fact, some things have tightened up, the schedule has become even more hectic.

“There’s been no relaxation around it and yet we’ve gone back to the three subs.

“My main concern and it’s backed by a lot of managers, is the welfare of the players that are under incredible stress. Particularly players in clubs that are playing in Europe.

“It’s every three or four days, week after week after week and we are not even at Christmas. Then the Christmas schedule looks the same and the international break has gone.

“I don’t want anybody to cry their eyes out for players because we know how lucky we are to do this job. But everywhere else in Europe and around the world it seems has five subs and we at the moment don’t and we have to revisit that in my opinion.”

Newcastle XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Murphy, Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Subs: Schar, Carroll, Shelvey, Hendrick, Krafth, Almiron, Gillespie

Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Zouma, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Ziyech, Abraham, Werner

Subs: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Jorginho, Emerson, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud

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