Chelsea vs Man City: Sergio Aguero OUT and two big Blues absentees as Thomas Tuchel’s high-flying side prepare for FA Cup clash against Pep Guardiola’s quadruple-chasers

The FA Cup returns this weekend and there are two mouth-watering semi-final ties to feast your eyes on on Saturday and Sunday. Up first, high-flying Chelsea meet Manchester City at Wembley – and you can follow all the action live on talkSPORT. The Blues, galvanised by Thomas Tuchel, are on cloud nine after reaching their […]

Chelsea vs Man City: Sergio Aguero OUT and two big Blues absentees as Thomas Tuchel’s high-flying side prepare for FA Cup clash against Pep Guardiola’s quadruple-chasers

The FA Cup returns this weekend and there are two mouth-watering semi-final ties to feast your eyes on on Saturday and Sunday.

Up first, high-flying Chelsea meet Manchester City at Wembley – and you can follow all the action live on talkSPORT.

Tuchel and Guardiola go head-to-head once again this Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final

The Blues, galvanised by Thomas Tuchel, are on cloud nine after reaching their first Champions League semi-final in seven years with a 2-1 aggregate defeat of Porto.

City are also in terrific form and are, remarkably, still on course for a quadruple as they also cemented their spot in the last four of Europe’s elite competition earlier this week.

With the two sides arguably the Premier League’s two most in form teams, the match promises to be an intriguing affair – especially with some incredibly talented players in both XIs.

However, there are some big names out through injury and ahead of the Wembley showpiece we at talkSPORT.com have all the team news…

Chelsea team news

Andreas Christensen and Mateo Kovacic will definitely miss Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final through injury.

Kovacic is out with hamstring trouble and therefore N’Golo Kante will likely start his second game in a week.

Kante was pressed into starting Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Porto after hamstring trouble with Kovacic ruled out, and the France midfielder produced a classic showing.

Kovacic is facing a spell on the sidelines which has dealt a massive blow to Tuchel
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Now the ex-Leicester man is ready to go again in a big boost to Chelsea, though defender Christensen has failed to shake off his own muscle problem.

“We have the green light for N’Golo because we had three days in between which for him makes a huge difference,” said Tuchel.

“Mateo is unfortunately still out, already feeling better but still out and cannot be in the squad.

“And also Andreas Christensen is out and cannot be in the squad, so this is the situation.”

Tammy Abraham has fallen out of favour under Tuchel and he isn’t likely to feature, with Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount most likely preferred as the front three.

Man City team news

Guardiola confirmed record goalscorer Sergio Aguero remains on the sidelines with a muscular problem but has no other injury concerns.

The Spaniard said he will play his best team to win the match against the Blues and therefore his XI may not be too different from the side that defeated Dortmund 2-1 in midweek to progress to the semi-finals.

Joao Cancelo will almost certainly return to the rearguard after being rested in midweek, with Oleksandr Zinchenko expected to make way on the left-hand side.

Kevin De Bruyne boasts nine goal contributions from his side’s last eight FA Cup matches and is set to man the engine room with Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan once more.

Raheem Sterling has been benched frequently in recent matches due to the brilliant form of Phil Foden, who does not deserve to be demoted.

Gabriel Jesus, meanwhile, will hope to be trusted from the off having already netted twice in this season’s tournament.

Aguero has been ruled out of the FA Cup semi-final vs Chelsea
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Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 and you can follow the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Man City live from 4.30pm