Chelsea have dropped striggling Colombia striker Radamel Falcao from the UEFA Champions League club but included January signing Alexandre Pato.
Chelsea added to their ranks with the signing of the Brazilian on-loan from Corinthians until the end of the season, with the Blues also holding a £7million option to sign him permanently in the summer.
But it seems his addition comes at the expense of Radamel Falcao who has yet again struggled to make an impact in the Premier League following last season’s disaster at Manchester United.
Nigeria midfielder Mikel Obi is also in the squad as expected, along with John Terry, Gary Cahill, Pedro, Eden Hazard and all the regular players.
Falcao, who has struggled with injuries this season, has scored just one goal in 11 appearances in all competitions since joining Chelsea following an unsuccessful loan spell at United.
Daily Mail claims that Falcao could still leave Chelsea before the summer with China’s transfer market open until February 26 – a destination the former Atletico Madrid striker has been heavily linked to.
The 29-year-old is currently undergoing physiotherapy after picking up a calf injury but it hasn’t stopped Jiangsu Suning from keeping tabs on his availability.
The Chelsea squad:
Asmir Begovic, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, Kurt Zouma, Baba Rahman, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Pato, Mikel Obi, Thibaut Courtois, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy, Pedro, Loic Remy, Diego Costa, Matt Miazga, Nemanja Matic, Willian, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Jamal Blackman, Cesar Azpilicueta