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4th January 2019, 13:30 by Warren Ashurst

The highly-rated Callum Hudson-Odoi could be handed a rare first-team start for Chelsea when they face Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Maurizio Sarri's men come into the FA Cup third-round clash unbeaten in their last three games and are looking to retain the trophy they won under Antonio Conte last season.

It was Sarri's assistant Gianfranco Zola who took Friday's press conference, revealing that Hudson-Odoi - at the centre of transfer speculation at present - was fit and available to face their Championship opponents.

Pedro and Olivier Giroud have been ruled out but could be back in contention for next week's Carabao Cup semi-final with Tottenham, while Eden Hazard is expected to be rested.

There is growing talk Cesc Fabregas will be on the move during the January transfer window and Saturday might be his last game in a Chelsea shirt, while youngster Ethan Ampadu could also be given a chance.

There has been mounting speculation Aitor Karanka will lose his job despite Forest's comeback win over Leeds on New Year's Day meaning they are only four points outside the play-off zone.

The two teams met at Stamford Bridge in last season's League Cup, with Chelsea running out 5-1 victors, while the Blues have won the last three meetings with Forest at the Bridge.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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