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Chelsea squad arrives in Kiev

The Chelsea squad has arrived in Kiev as we look to secure our place in the last eight of the Europa League.

Maurizio Sarri has brought 21 players with him to the Ukrainian capital, but there is no Gonzalo Higuain, who remains at home.

Otherwise, it is the boss’s strongest squad available to him, which shows just how seriously this competition is being taken.

One piece of early team news from Dynamo Kiev is that forward Benjamin Verbic definitely misses the game.

The Chelsea squad in full is:

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Willy Caballero
Marcin Bulka
Toni Rudiger
Andreas Christensen
Cesar Azpilicueta
David Luiz
Marcos Alonso
Emerson Palmieri
Davide Zappacosta
Ethan Ampadu
Jorginho
N’Golo Kante
Ross Barkley
Mateo Kovacic
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Callum Hudson-Odoi
Eden Hazard
Pedro
Willian
Olivier Giroud

We head into the second leg of this last-16 tie with a 3-0 lead following last week’s home win, which came courtesy of goals from Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The team trains this evening at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, venue for Thursday’s game, which kicks off at 5.55pm UK time (7.55pm local time).

Afterwards, Maurizio Sarri and one of his players will speak to the media, with all the key information to follow on our official Twitter account, this website and the official club app, which will also feature live audio commentary of Thursday’s match.

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