Sunday 19 January 2020

Higuain looks set

Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain is set to make his Premier League debut as Chelsea travel to Bournemouth tonight.

Higuain made his Blues bow in Sunday's FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday, when Eden Hazard was rested, but the Belgian is poised to return as one of a raft of changes.

David Luiz, N'Golo Kante and Jorginho are likely to return, while Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is yet to start in the Premier League, could find himself on the bench once more.

Eddie Howe, meanwhile, says Bournemouth have "had no contact from any other club" as he dismissed rumours of a departure for key defender Nathan Ake.

Centre-back Ake, who cost £20million from Chelsea in 2017, has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge before Thursday's transfer deadline.

But Howe insists he has no concerns about the future of the Holland international.

"We love working with him, we think he's got outstanding attributes, he's getting better and better in his position."

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