Chelsea delivered huge injury blow as key man misses training ahead of Newcastle United clash

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Chelsea injury news: The Blues have been delivered a major blow ahead of Monday night’s game against Newcastle United.

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Conor Gallagher has not trained this week - putting his involvement in their game with Newcastle United on Monday night into serious doubt. Gallagher, who has captained the side on numerous occasions this season, scored a very late winner against Leeds United last month and has been someone Pochettino has relied upon throughout the campaign.

However, speaking to the media ahead of Monday’s game, the Argentine admitted he has not seen the 24-year-old in action this week and may not take a risk on him on Monday night with an FA Cup Quarter Final against Leicester City just six days later. On Gallagher, Pochettino said: “Gallagher is not training because he has a virus. That is the news from the medical.

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"He is not here in the last three days we were training. We will see tomorrow or Saturday if he can have the possibility to train. The problem is you lose weight and the energy is down."

The Blues will be without long-term absentees Lesley Ugochukwu, Christopher Nkunku, Wesley Fofana, Reece James and Romeo Lavia at Stamford Bridge on Monday night - although they are hopeful that Thiago Silva and Marc Cucurella could be back fit after being unused substitutes at the Gtech Community Stadium at the weekend.

Benoit Badiashile and Carney Chukwuemeka have rejoined training as they make their respective returns from injury, although the pair are still big doubts for the clash against Eddie Howe’s side. Chelsea will begin the match four points behind their visitors but with a game in hand.

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