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CHELSEA are sweating for the fitness of three key men ahead of the Club World Cup.

The Blues needed extra time to beat the plucky Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday.

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César Azpilicueta is one of three suspects for Chelsea injuriescredit: alamy
Mason Mount was sent off in the FA Cup win over Plymouth

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Mason Mount was sent off in the FA Cup win over PlymouthCredit: rex

The League One side took the lead through Macaulay Gillesphey on Saturday only for Cesar Azpilicueta to level.

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Marcos Alonso put them ahead but it was goalkeeper Kepa who sealed the 2-1 victory over Plymouth with a late penalty save.

Despite their relief at advancing to the next round, Chelsea now have serious concerns about a trio of players as the Champions League champions prepare to fly to Abu Dhabi.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel missed yesterday’s clash after testing positive for Covid.

He is also likely to miss Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Al-Hilal or Al Jazira due to quarantine guidelines that keep him in England until at least mid-week.

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But they could also be without Mason Mount, Azpilicueta and Hakim Ziyech.

Both the Mount and Azpilicueta were struck down against the Pilgrims.

And Chelsea manager Michel Arnos, who took over in Tuchel’s absence, later admitted: “We have some problems.

“Mason [Mount] we had to take out, Hakim [Ziyech] we had to take out, Azpi felt in the hamstring.

“We had some muscle problems, but we hope they are just minor.”

Mount has already been a key man for the Blues this term, scoring seven goals and seven assists so far.

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