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Chelsea team mews: Lampard confirms major change for Hull trip

Chelsea make the trip to Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening, and they will be making a major change to their team for the contest.

The Blues have had a hectic schedule, and some of their players have drawn a bit of criticism after failing to perform to expectations in recent times.

One of those is Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has made one or two high profile mistakes which have been picked up on, leading to a lot of negative talk over the form of the Spaniard.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has heard all of the criticism aimed the way of his stopper, and has chosen to take his man out of the firing line, confirming that Willy Caballero will be in goal against Hull City on Saturday.

The Chelsea manager made his feelings known on the situation, when he addressed the media ahead of the cup tie.

‘Willy will start tomorrow,’ the Blues official website quotes him as saying.

‘I’m very happy for him to be at the club. I’ve found him nothing but professional and very talented in training day-in, day-out and whenever he gets his opportunities to play.’

Caballero was in goal for the win in the previous round against Nottingham Forest, so his inclusion is nothing new, but it will be interesting to see if the veteran keeps the shirt when Chelsea go to Leicester City in the Premier League next weekend, should he go well at the KCOM Stadium.

Elsewhere, Lampard has also confirmed that the Blues will be without England international Tammy Abraham for the contest, after he picked up an injury in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday evening.

That leaves the door open for either Michy Batshuayi or Olivier Giroud to step in and fill the void in a key position for Chelsea.

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