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We round up the latest mid-season action for our players performing elsewhere and list the pre-Christmas action…

 

Loan highlights

It was a mixed weekend for our loan contingent in the Premier League. Ruben Loftus-Cheek played the full 90 minutes for Crystal Palace as the Eagles drew 2-2 with Bournemouth and Tammy Abraham came off the bench as Swansea City returned to winning ways against West Brom, and our striker’s presence in the penalty area at a corner played a part in the late winner.

However, there were defeats for Izzy Brown, who was on the pitch for 73 minutes as Brighton lost at Huddersfield Town, the club he helped to promotion last season, and Kurt Zouma, whose Stoke City side lost handsomely against Tottenham Hotspur.

Fulham versus Birmingham City was a battle of two Blues loanees in the Championship, with Tomas Kalas coming out on top in a 1-0 victory for our neighbours. Jeremie Boga fired a second-half penalty over the bar for the Midlands club.

After sacking manager Leonid Slutsky, Hull City picked up a first win in eight outings when they defeated Brentford 3-2, a game in which Ola Aina and Fikayo Tomori played for the duration. That resulted lifted them above Barnsley, for whom Ike Ugbo came on as a late sub in their 3-0 loss against Derby County.

In League One, there were defeats for both Jordan Houghton, who was booked as Doncaster Rovers were beaten by Oxford, and Jay Dasilva with Charlton who lost 1-0 to Portsmouth. The latter may have some words of advice for his Chelsea Academy colleagues who have been drawn to face Pompey in the Checkatrade Trophy third round.

Bradley Collins and Forest Green Rovers remain in that competition, too, after the on-loan keeper registered a clean sheet against Swindon Town to earn a trip to Yeovil Town in January. His week was took another positive turn when he saved a penalty at Grimsby, but the rebound was turned in for the only goal of the game.

Although Vitesse Arnhem's Eredivisie fixture with Sparta Rotterdam fell foul to Sunday's bad weather, three Blues loanees at least had some Europa League cheer; Charlie Colkett, Matt Miazga and Mason Mount helped the Dutch side to their first win in this season's competition when they defeated Nice. Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Marco van Ginkel was in the PSV side beaten 3-0 by Ajax, although they remain five clear at the top, and Todd Kane was a late sub for Groningen in their 2-2 draw with Roda.

Danilo Pantic featured in a pair of defeats for Partizan Belgrade this week, although the first, in the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev, had little bearing on his side's prospects as they had already put their name into the draw for the last 32. Kenneth Omeruo also suffered a defeat in Turkey as Kasimpasa lost at home to Trabzonspor.

We end our round-up on a positive note, though, as Mario Pasalic came off the bench to net in stoppage time as Spartak ran out 3-0 winners over CSKA in a Moscow derby – a welcome boost for the side after their 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool in the Champions League, a game which Pasalic entered in the 60th minute with Spartak already five down.
 

The week ahead

Although the winter weather has wiped out the first game scheduled for this week, the development squad’s fixture away to Derby, the first team’s Premier League match at Huddersfield follows 24 hours later on Tuesday, beginning at 8pm and live on BT Sport in the UK. Antonio Conte’s team then play Southampton on Saturday at the Bridge with a 3pm kick-off.

Prior to that match, the Under-18s begin their quest for a record-equalling fifth consecutive FA Youth Cup when they play Scunthorpe in the third round at Aldershot on Friday. The 7.05pm kick-off is live on Chelsea TV.

Then on Sunday, Chelsea Ladies round off their 2017 with a Continental Tyres Cup quarter-final at home to Liverpool. That is at Kingsmeadow at 2pm.