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Chelsea v Newcastle United

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Courtois, meanwhile, was also unavailable for those two games due to an ankle injury and Conte confirmed in the press conference that his two regular starters will remain on the sidelines when Newcastle visit Stamford Bridge.

"Morata, Courtois are out", Conte said when asked about Chelsea's injury situation.

Asked when the pair will return, the Italian responded: 'I don't know, it is very hard to tell you today how many days they need to come back.

Courtois (ankle), Morata (back) and Willian are all out for Chelsea, but Cesc Fabregas could return from injury. "Today with the doctor he had a scan to evaluate his injury, but I don't think we are talking about a serious injury", the Chelsea boss added.

Chelsea have progressed past Newcastle in five of their last six FA Cup ties, with the Blues winning 1-0 in their most recent FA Cup encounter in 2006 thanks to John Terry's goal.

And former Chelsea FC star Wise believes that it is imperative that the Blues try to bring in a new forward this month as they look to strengthen their options.

"My task is to continue to work very hard for this club and have great respect first of all for my job and for my players, for our fans", Conte said at the club's Cobham training ground.

"It's only a small injury but Willian is out of the Newcastle game as well".

"I go to the living room and then sometimes I start to work, to watch the game or to try to find a new solution".

I think Chelsea will enjoy a relatively comfortable afternoon, especially if Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas are available again.

Newcastle are looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 2006, with the Magpies falling at this stage last season, losing 3-0 to Oxford United at the Kassam.

And so far Chelsea have won just one of those fixtures, last weekend's Premier League victory at Brighton, while they squeezed by Norwich on penalties in a third-round replay.

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