Chelsea v Bournemouth Team News
Chelsea will be without Fikayo Tomori when they attempt to get back to winning ways in the Premier League against struggling Bournemouth.
Tomori has made an impressive start to life as a Premier League player, earning an England call-up for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo, but he was left on the bench for last weekend’s defeat to Everton, before being ruled out of Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Lille in the Champions League with a hip injury.
The 21-year-old has not recovered from that issue and will miss out again, with Antonio Rudiger set to continue in defence.
Tomori has earned himself a new contract at Chelsea, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2024, and boss Frank Lampard has had nothing but praise for the player he coach last season at Derby, saying the new terms were “all his own doing”.
✍️ @fikayotomori_ has signed a new Chelsea contract!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 12, 2019
Olivier Giroud is a doubt for the visit of Bournemouth with an ankle problem, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is sidelined for the foreseeable future with no return date set.
Chelsea’s Premier League form has hit the skids of late, with just one win in their last four games, but they remain in the top four and have a handy five-point cushion over Manchester United in fifth.
The Blues will certainly be confident of returning to winning ways as they face a Cherries side that is hovering perilously close to the relegation zone after losing their last five games.
Injuries are not helping Eddie Howe arrest an alarming slump in form, with defender Nathan Ake expected to miss the next six weeks with a hamstring problem sustained against Liverpool last time out.
Striker Callum Wilson also tweaked a hamstring against the league leaders and is a doubt to face the Blues, while Howe will definitely be without David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Steve Cook, Junior Stanislas, Adam Smith and Lloyd Kelly.
There is some good news for the Cherries as striker Joshua King is close to a return after a thigh problem, while Harry Wilson is available again after being ineligible to face parent club Liverpool last time out.