In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Juventus will have two key players sidelined for this week’s Champions League match against the Blues, a French midfielder is linked and Rob Green suggests he still carries a finger injury caused by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink several years ago.
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Morata and Dybala to miss Blues visit
Sky Sports reports that ex-Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will not be facing his former club on Wednesday after the Spaniard and Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala had to be taken off during Juventus’ Serie A match against Sampdoria on Sunday.
Dybala netted the opening goal in Juve’s 3-2 victory but suffered a thigh problem and had to be withdrawn in tears after 22 minutes, while Morata came off with eight minutes remaining with what also appeared to be a thigh injury.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that both players will miss the Champions League clash against the Blues and next weekend’s derby against Torino.
‘They will play neither against Chelsea nor Torino,’ he said. ‘After the derby there will be an international break; we hope to have them back after the break.
‘This is part of the season. Now it happens to us then, later on, it will happen to someone else. It's part of the game. You have to be good at playing these games even with absent players.’
Dybala and Morata both scored in the Italian side’s 3-0 win at Malmo in their Group H opener two weeks ago.
Blues and Bianconeri to vie for Tchouameni
According to Calcio Mercato, Chelsea and Juventus are not only facing off on the pitch but also battling for the services of young France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
The 21-year-old, who has impressed for Monaco and was given his international debut by France boss Didier Deschamps last month, has previously been linked with the Blues.
However, Juventus are looking to reinforce their midfielde and are stepping up their interest in the player who won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award last season.
‘At the top of Juventus’ wish list in addition to Paul Pogba, who is prohibitively expensive, there is Aurelien Tchouameni who is very much admired by the coaching staff and the club,’ stated the report.
‘Juve made an attempt to sign him in the summer but were turned down. However, they will return to the negotiating table next year with the aim of beating competition from Chelsea for the player.
‘The price tag is about 40 million euros, a figure that does not represent an insurmountable obstacle and there is plenty of time for Juventus to negotiate, cut costs and find the right formula.’
Green claims Hasselbaink shot caused lingering injury
The duo appeared together in a show produced by Premier League Productions last weekend with Green, who ended his playing career at Chelsea, showing his right pinky finger bent gruesomely out of shape from the rest of his digits.
'Over a number of years it's decided to gradually die and that's where it's ended up,’ Green said.
'That's from one of Jimmy's free-kicks about 15 years ago. One of the fundamental things about the Premier League compared to other leagues is they kick the ball a lot harder.’
While Hasselbaink was quick to deny he had caused such an injury, the Dutchman was impressed by Green’s ability to carry on playing for so many more years despite carrying the issue throughout his career.
'That is dedication!' he said.