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We review the weekend action for our loan players, with some FA Cup stories to tell, and take a look at the Chelsea events ahead…


Several Chelsea loanees progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend, including Ola Aina who scored his first goal for Hull in their 1-0 win at Blackburn, with Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori also lining up at the back for the Tigers.

Ike Ugbo made his debut for MK Dons in their 1-0 win over QPR at Loftus Road, while Jeremie Boga started for Birmingham who beat Burton Albion by the same score. And Jamal Blackman was between the sticks for Sheffield United as they overcame Ipswich by a single goal to nil at Portman Road.

Lucas Piazon (pictured below) continued his comeback from a broken leg, starting his first game for Fulham since August in a 1-0 loss against Southampton, with Tomas Kalas playing until just after the hour mark for the Cottagers.


After extending his loan with Doncaster Rovers, Jordan Houghton lined up for Donny but they too go out of the Cup, beaten 1-0 by Rochdale.

Kurt Zouma was part of Stoke’s back three as the Potters suffered a giant killing at the hands of League Two Coventry City, a result which was followed quickly by the sacking of former Blues striker Mark Hughes at Stoke boss.

The final third-round fixture of the weekend could involve Izzy Brown going up against Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Brighton host Crystal Palace tonight.

Jay Dasilva was in League One action for Charlton as the Addicks beat Oldham 1-0 and, in League Two, Bradley Collins featured in goal for Forest Green Rovers who beat Port Vale by the same score.

In the National League, Nathan Baxter, fresh from signing a new two-and-a-half contract with Chelsea last week, played between the sticks for Woking in a 4-4 thriller against Maidstone.

The week ahead

Although there is a replay to come, we will find out who we would play should we beat Norwich when the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup is made this evening (Monday) at approximately 7.10pm. It will be shown on BT Sport 2and BBC2.

The match action starts on Tuesday with a Checkatrade Trophy last-16 tie to be held at Fratton Park. Our development squad take on Portsmouth with a 7.45pm start. That game is live on Chelsea TV.

On Wednesday at 8pm, our Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal begins with the first leg at Stamford Bridge, and Antonio Conte’s side are next in Premier League action at home against Leicester on Saturday. That is a 3pm start.              

Earlier that day, the Under-18s host an opposition side for the first time since going 1,000 days unbeaten at home. They will try to extend that run to 49 games when they play against Aston Villa with a 12.05pm kick-off. That too is on Chelsea TV.

There are two Chelsea games on Sunday. First up is the development squad with a long away trip for a PL2 noon meeting with Sunderland at Eppleton Colliery.

Then for Chelsea Ladies there is a big match at Kingstonian. Emma Hayes’ side are aiming to make the Continental Tyres Cup final when the top-two in the WSL go head-to-head in a semi-final. Kick-off against Manchester City Women is 2pm. Click for ticket details.

The Ladies will discover who they will begin their Women's FA Cup campaign against when the fourth-round draw takes place today at 1.20pm. It will be live streamed on the FA’s Instagram FAWSL channel.