6pm Chelsea news LIVE: Kovacic and Willian achilles injuries confirmed, Sancho LATEST, Aouar transfer, Gilmour praised – The Sun

CHELSEA produced a stunning performance to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

But victory game at a price with Willian and Mateo Kovacic now both out with achilles injuries.

Follow all the latest updates from the Bridge below…


    CHELSEA starlet Reece James has revealed he still has a shirt signed by Frank Lampard hanging above his bed.

    And the right-back told FourFourTwo magazine how a trip to the first-team dressing room as an eight-year-old yielded a piece of kit signed by his now-manager.

    “I got taken into the Chelsea dressing room, they gave me a shirt and all the players signed it, including John Terry and a lot of others,” he said.

    “It’s still at my parents’ house today, hung over my bed.

    “Frank Lampard’s name is on it – I haven’t told him so I’m not sure he knows, but he’s definitely on there!”


    Willian has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from Chelsea and could ditch them for a Premier League rival.

    UOL claims Willian, 31, has been offered a two-year deal by Frank Lampard after taking over from Eden Hazard as Chelsea’s main playmaker.

    The Blues have a policy of only offering one-year extensions to players over the age of 30.

    But they made an exception for David Luiz when he penned a two-year contract before his shock move to Arsenal.

    And Roman Abramovich is bending his own rules once again after hearing Lampard’s pleas to keep Willian at Stamford Bridge.


    Chelsea are facing an injury crisis, with matches against Everton, Aston Villa and Bayern Munich coming up.

    He said: “Both of them have Achilles issues, so Willian hopefully is not too bad, that's what he's reporting.

    “Kovacic was slightly worse, but hopefully not too drastic… we'll see. We'll have to have a bit of a count on Thursday, with the game on Sunday and see where we're at.

    “You can moan about injuries, and I have done, but the reality is you have to get on and keep fighting.

    “When the players show the spirit they have tonight you hope it gives them a bit of strength, whoever comes in, to keep going forward.”


    Look how much cash Borussia Dortmund have made out of transfers in recent years.

    It amounts to £273.2m in recent years, including Christian Pulisic's transfer to Chelsea over the summer.


    ROSS BARKLEY has tipped Billy Gilmour to fill the void left by Chelsea’s injured stars in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Everton.

    Barkley said: “Billy was ready for his chance against Liverpool and he took it.

    “It doesn’t surprise me, I see him doing it in training every day, he doesn’t have a day where he is struggling.

    “For a young lad he is really mature with his ability on the ball, he makes the right decision most of the time.

    “I like him and the manager and coaching staff love him as well.”

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