Double blow: Morata and Fabregas out of semi-final clash with Arsenal

The tie between the London rivals is evenly poised at 0-0 following the first leg at Stamford Bridge and if the Blues are to reach next month's final at February then they will have to do it without two of their key men.

New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied for Arsenal after appearing in the quarter-finals for his former club Manchester United against Bristol City.

Arsenal have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their game against Chelsea after Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey took part in training with the rest of the first team.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas will also be out with a hamstring injury after missing the league game against Brighton and Hove Albion and the FA Cup replay against Norwich City.

Pressed on the nature of Morata's problem, he added: "He has a problem in his back".

But the fitness news wasn't all bad for Chelsea, as Conte confirmed that centre-back Andreas Christensen is available for selection.

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'I have another night before deciding the starting XI, ' Conte said. If you remember, in the game at home in the league Sanchez didn't play.

"I think Arsenal has a good squad, and I don't see any advantage in this situation", he said.

"Tomorrow there is not another game and we don't have another possibility and we need to try to reach the final".

"For me and my players it would be great to reach this target, but we know that to reach this target we have to be ready to fight against Arsenal". After a draw, after a 0-0, the game will be open'.

  • Tabitha Byrd