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Blues in Israel

The Chelsea squad will train in the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa this afternoon having landed in Israel late on Sunday evening.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Jose Mourinho ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Only Thibaut Courtois and Falcao from the Champions League squad have not made the journey, which was a day earlier than for most European away games due to the distance involved (over 2000 miles) and the two-hour time difference.

Ahead of training in Haifa, Mourinho and one of the players will be speaking to the media at 4.30pm local time (2.30pm UK time). The conference can be followed live on Twitter at @chelseafc

Also part of the travelling partly to the Middle East were our Under-19 squad who are in UEFA Youth League action tomorrow. They will train today in the stadium holding their game in Netanya. A preview with our Under-19s manager Adi Viveash of that match will be on this website tomorrow.