Ashley Cole is out of England’s World Cup Qualifier against Montenegro on Friday evening, Sky Sports understands.
The 32 year old was substituted during Sunday’s win over Norwich City, and scans yesterday showed the seriousness of the rib injury that he has sustained means he will remain at Stamford Bridge to undergo treatment.
Roy Hodgson’s men need to win both of the forthcoming games at Wembley to absolutely guarantee qualification for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
They currently lead Group H with 16 points, one ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a move for out of favour Blues midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, according to the Mirror.
The Belgium international faced criticism for his performance against League One Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup third round last month, and has since trained with the youth squad.
He enjoyed a season-long spell with Werder Bremen last year and has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga, but last season’s Champions League runners up have pulled out of the race to secure his services.
Elsewhere, Lucas Piazon is keen to impress parent club Chelsea during his loan spell with Vitesse ,and is keen to challenge for a first team place when he returns.
Chelsea have completed the signing of winger Christian Atsu from Porto, according to Sky Sports.
The Ghana international has put pen to paper on a five year contract after the two clubs agreed a fee of around £3.5m, though he will spend the rest of this season on loan with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.
He made twenty-eight appearances for the Jose Mourinho’s former side last year, having spent the previous campaign on loan with Rio Ave, where he won the clubs Player of the Season award.
Atsu is the eighth new arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer, and is also the fourth to be loaned to Vitesse, with Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Lucas Piazon also having made the switch.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are set to sign Victor Moses on a season-long loan deal, the Mail Online understands.
The Nigeria international, who has not yet made an appearance under Jose Mourinho, is set to fall further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Brazil international Willian.
Elsewhere, Demba Ba is reportedly on Arsene Wenger’s radar going into transfer deadline day, according to the Mirror.
Lie Moses, the Senegal forward is set to see his chances limited after Samuel Eto’o was re-united with Jose Mourinho last week.
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Chelsea may be able to sign Anzhi Makhachkala’s Samuel Eto’o for as little as £5m, the Guardian understands.
Jose Mourinho has been searching for a new striker all summer, but looks increasingly unlikely to secure a deal for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney after seeing both of their bids for the England international knocked back.
Eto’o has recently spoken of his admiration for his former employer, who he played under at Inter Milan during their treble winning campaign of 2009/10.
Meanwhile, West Ham United are keen to secure a deal for Demba Ba, according to the Daily Star.
Ba began his Premier League career with the Hammers, for whom he scored seven goals in just twelve appearances before moving to Newcastle United in June 2011.
If the club are able to add a new striker before the transfer window closes on September 2nd, they could well allow the Senegal international to move on, though having laid out £22m on Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, West Ham are likely to pursue a loan deal.
Finally, teenage duo Lucas Piazon and Wallace have both secured season-long loan moves to Vitesse Arnhem and Inter Milan respectively.
Wallace is yet to make his debut for Chelsea, while Piazon, who will link up with fellow Blues Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Cristian Cuevas at the Dutch club, made his one and only league appearance so far as a cameo in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa last December.
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Chelsea are preparing a third bid for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, the Guardian understands.
Jose Mourinho remains keen on agreeing a deal for the 27 year old despite David Moyes insistence that the 27 year old is not for sale.
The Blues opening two offers – the latest of which thought to be around £25m – were rejected out of hand by the Premier League champions, meaning the former Everton man may now have to hand in a transfer record to force through a move.
The striker does look to be heading towards the Old Trafford exit door, after reportedly being asked to train away from the first team as the saga continues.
Meanwhile, Rooney has been named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for next week’s friendly against Scotland, along with Chelsea trio Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard.
Elsewhere, Nathan Ake has signed a new five year contract with the club after breaking into the first team last season, while Lucas Piazon is close to securing a loan move to Vitesse Arnhem.
Dutch centre-back Ake made six appearances last year, and is delighted to have signed the new deal, while Piazon is set to join fellow Chelsea youngers Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Cristian Cuevas at the Eredevise club.