A first team squad of 21 players is flying to Basel this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League group stage game. Fernando Torres returns to the squad but David Luiz is out with a knee injury.
Torres has recovered from the adductor muscle injury which kept him out of the last three games but David Luiz has a bruised patella. He will be out for approximately one week, joining Marco van Ginkel as the only player missing from the squad list for the competition announced in September.
The travelling squad is:
Cech, Schwarzer, Blackman, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto’o, Bertrand.
The players trained at Cobham prior to the flight so will not be visiting the St Jakob-Park Stadium ahead of the game. However Jose Mourinho and one of the players will talk to the media there at approximately 6pm UK time, with coverage of the conference available via the @chelseafc Twitter account.
A Chelsea Under-19 squad of 16 players has travelled on the same plane as the senior players. They face Basel Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League having already qualified top of their group for the knockout stage with four wins out of four. Dermot Drummy adds Charly Musonda to his squad for the first time in this competition.
The Under-19 match against Basel kick-offs at 2pm UK time tomorrow (Tuesday) but spectators will not be admitted. Highlights will be shown on Chelsea TV.