Sevilla dealt double injury blow for Champions League clash with Chelsea after Julen Lopetegui reveals Lucas Ocampos and Luuk de Jong are unlikely to feature as they fight for top spot in Group E
- Sevilla will be without Lucas Ocampos and Luuk de Jong for clash with Chelsea
- Julen Lopetegui revealed on Tuesday that both men are unlikely to feature
- Chelsea and Sevilla are fighting for top spot in Group E in the Champions League
Lopetegui broke the news that he could be without two of his key attackers in his press conference on Tuesday, putting him and his team at a disadvantage as the two teams fight it out for top spot in Group E.
De Jong was forced off in the second half in Sevilla’s 1-0 win over Huesca on Saturday while Ocampos is set to be rested with the Argentine featuring in all of Sevilla’s matches this season.
Sevilla are likely to be without Lucas Ocampos (R) and Luuk de Jong (L) for clash with Chelsea
Julen Lopetegui revealed on Tuesday that both men are unlikely to feature in the Group E clash
Both men played starring roles in the club’s Europa League triumph last season but have both struggled to find the back of the net so far this campaign.
Ocampos, who netted 17 goals in 44 appearances last term from the wing, has only managed two goals in all competitions.
De Jong has only managed one more goal than his team-mate at striker but the pair remain an key players in Lopetegui’s system.
While Sevilla have been left a double injury blow, Chelsea were handed a boost after Ben Chilwell claimed he will be fit to feature in Wednesday’s game in Seville.
The left back picked up a knock in Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Tottenham but was able to continue despite concern that he may have to be substituted.
Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell hopes to face Sevilla in midweek despite an ankle knock
‘I was desperate to carry on and thankfully I ran it off,’ he told Chelsea’s official website.
‘It’s fine now so I’m just looking forward to recovering and hopefully playing again in midweek.’
Chilwell has struggled with a handful of niggling injuries during his career and was forced to sit on the sidelines after joining Chelsea from Leicester for £50million this summer. He nursed a foot injury during the summer, which delayed his first Premier League game for the club until October.