Chelsea head out to the Ukraine on Thursday evening looking to secure their place in the quarter final of the Europa League when they take on Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of their last 16 tie, but will be without a forward when they do so.

The Blues put more than one foot into the last eight of the competition, when they took care of the Eastern European giants 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last week, and now it is about just finishing off the job.

Chelsea will know it will take something quite miraculous to deny them a spot in the quarter final, but with concerns over the state of the pitch out in the Olympic Stadium, they would do well not to completely assume the job is done.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has not confirmed whether he will make wholesale changes to his side with the tie all but won, but with another key Premier League match on Sunday, you would expect him to tinker a little bit.

One man the Chelsea manager will have to do without is Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain, who has been left behind in London.

Sarri explained why he will be missing the Blues striker, when he addressed the media shortly after arriving in Ukraine ahead of the match.

‘He had a fever after the league match for two days. Yesterday in the evening with the doctor we decided to leave him at home in order to recover him for the next match.’ the Chelsea official website quote him as saying.

Sarri did hint that exciting Blues younger Callum Hudson-Odoi, scorer of the decisive looking third goal at the Bridge last week, will be involved in his plans and could even start the contest.

‘I have a lot of players of course. I know very well for you Hudson-Odoi is the best, for me I want to see all of them at the same level. Hudson-Odoi is doing very well in the last period, he will be in the list of 18 for sure, maybe on the pitch, I don’t know at this moment.

‘I want to send to my team the message the match is very important. I don’t want to make a mistake in this. In the last match Hudson-Odoi was the first change so you know very well he is in mind for every match.’

Chelsea will be looking to get the tie won as comfortably as they can in this second leg, ahead of travelling back to England to take on Everton on Sunday afternoon.


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