Date: 27th January 2018 at 12:06pm
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Chelsea return to FA Cup action this Sunday when they welcome Newcastle United, to Stamford Bridge, for an FA Cup 4th round tie.

The tie brings the former Chelsea caretaker boss, Rafael Benitez back to Stamford Bridge, with the Spaniard aiming to make it a miserable week for Chelsea supporters by following the example set by Arsenal and knocking us out of a second domestic cup in the space of less than a week.

Ahead of the tie we`ve gathered together some early team-news.

Starting with Chelsea:

Antonio Conte will be without several who would be deemed to be regular starters.

Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata both missed the Arsenal League Cup semi-final second leg with ankle and back injuries respectively and both will not be available to face Newcastle.

Also unavailable is Willian, with the Brazilian limping off against Arsenal, in midweek, after just thirty minutes.

However, Conte is hopeful that Cesc Fabregas will have recovered sufficiently from his hamstring problem to take his place in midfield and provide those assists we`ll need to progress to round five.

Continuing with our visitors Newcastle:

Having signed our Brazilian defender-cum-wing-back, Kenedy, in midweek, the Brazilian isn`t eligible to play against his parent club.

Elsewhere, the only other definite absentee Rafael Benitez has is Jesus Gamez.

Florien Lejeune, who has been out injured, could make the starting eleven.

Also, likely to feature for Newcastle is Christian Atsu, who was once on the books of Chelsea.