Guus Hiddink rules out Chelsea trio ahead of trip to Wales

The Chelsea manager revealed that John Terry, Loic Remy and Nemanja Matic will miss the match against Swansea City this weekend.

Guus Hiddink rules out Chelsea trio ahead of trip to Wales
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Chelsea will be without their captain John Terry, as well as Loic Remy and Nemanja Matic due to injury, on Saturday as they travel to meet Swansea City. Diego Costa is also unavailable due to a suspension.

Costa picked up his suspension in the FA Cup loss to Everton and is unavailable for three games, while the aforementioned trio are out with respective injuries.

The Blues will be without Remy, who picked up a groin injury, and Costa up front, meaning the impressive Bertrand Traore or Alexandre Pato will likely get the start on Saturday afternoon. Pato scored on his debut against Aston Villa while Traore has impressed throroughly after breaking into the first-team this season.

John Terry's absence, due to a knock on his Achilles, means young American defender Matt Miazga may make his second consecutive start, especially since Gary Cahill's availability is still clouded. Branislav Ivanovic is expected to captain the side and start as the other centre-half.

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink will be replaced in the summer. (Picture: Getty Images)
Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink will be replaced in the summer. (Picture: Getty Images)

Cahill missed last week's 4-0 win over Villa but trained this week so there remains the possibility that he could feature at the Liberty Stadium. The England international will travel and faces a late fitness test to determine whether he will face the Welsh outfit.

Matic's absence opens up more options on Chelsea's bench with a youth team player expected to fill the void. The Serbian has found himself behind John Obi Mikel in the pecking order recently and his injury will give way to players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who will relish more opportunities to start.

All three may be back in training next week but will miss the trip to Swansea for a rematch of the opening game of the season, which 4-2 in Chelsea's favour after an entertaining encounter.

The trio's absence allows Hiddink to experiment with his younger players and anyone else who will be looking to impress Antonio Conte, the incoming Chelsea manager in the summer.