Raheem Sterling is left OUT of Graham Potter’s Chelsea squad to face Newcastle – having ‘picked up an illness’ with England just one week out from the World Cup
- Raheem Sterling has not been included in Chelsea’s squad to face Newcastle
- The Blues star was named in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad on Thursday
- Chelsea take on Newcastle in their final match ahead of the tournament in Qatar
- Sterling is understood to have missed out through illness according to reports
Raheem Sterling has not been selected in Chelsea’s squad to face Newcastle.
The England star was named in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad on Thursday but has not been included in Graham Potter’s plans at St James’ Park.
Although there are no reports of an injury, the winger is believed to have picked up an illness ahead of the major tournament next week.
Raheem Sterling has not been selected in Graham Potter’s Chelsea squad to face Newcastle
The England winger was named in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man World Cup squad on Thursday
According to beIN Sports, the illness should not affect Sterling’s participation at the World Cup.
Southgate is midway through watching a nervous final round of Premier League fixtures, as he continues to cross his fingers that there are no more injuries concerns ahead of next week.
Chelsea team-mates Ben Chilwell and Reece James missed out on Southgate’s 26-man squad due to injuries, while Mason Mount and Conor Gallagher were recalled by the England coach.
Sterling will miss a crucial match in the top four race as the Blues seek a win against in-form Newcastle, who sit six points ahead in the table.
Sterling’s team-mates Reece James (above) and Ben Chilwell have missed out through injury
Callum Wilson, who was also named in Southgate’s squad, started on the bench for Newcastle
English youngsters Trevoh Chalobah and Lewis Hall returned to Potter’s starting line-up after featuring in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup defeat by Manchester City in midweek, while Armando Broja, Edouard Mendy, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kalidou Koulibaly retained their places from the outset.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta and midfield leader Jorginho came into the side, while summer signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named on the bench.
Newcastle hitman Callum Wilson, whose late flurry of goals earned him a spot in England’s World Cup squad, has also missed out on a starting spot because of an illness, but unlike Sterling is among the substitutes.
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