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Chelsea to be without injured trio for Manchester City clash as Ross Barkley returns

Chelsea will be without two first-team stars and one of their most promising youngsters when they visit the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City on Sunday.

Head coach Antonio Conte confirmed David Luiz and Tiémoué Bakayoko will miss Sunday’s game against City through injury.

Also absent is 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu, who has been winning some first-team minutes for Chelsea of late, mainly in FA Cup games.

The reigning Premier League champions are boosted by the return of January acquisition Ross Barkley though, and he could play his first minutes since late January.

“Ross Barkley trained with us this week and now he’s recovered from his injury,” said Conte at his Friday press conference. “He will come with us and then I will decide if I find a place on the bench for him, or if he will be in the stand for another week.”

Pep Guardiola didn’t have his customary Friday presser having done one on Wednesday prior to the 3-0 win over Arsenal, but he last night confirmed that Kyle Walker doesn’t seem to be injured dispute limping off at the Emirates.

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