Porto’s star man Oliveira, who boasts 19 goals in all competitions this season, will miss the first leg due to an accumulation of yellow cards, so Marko Grujic could come back into the team to provide some defensive stability. Mehdi Taremi is also suspended after his sending-off in Turin, so Luis Diaz could move into a central role, but Martinez will hope to come into Conceicao’s thinking after his crucial goal against Santa Clara. Pepe returned to the starting lineup against Santa Clara and will marshal the defence once more, while Malang Sarr is able to feature against his parent club, but he is unlikely to be considered for a start. Chelsea manager Tuchel has already conceded that N’Golo Kante’s hamstring problem will keep him out of this game, so Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are set to pair up once more. Christian Pulisic is also expected to miss out after he entered the treatment room at half time during the defeat to West Brom, and it remains to be seen if Antonio Rudiger will be involved following reports of a bust-up with Kepa during a training session. Silva’s red card at the weekend means nothing for this game, but Andreas Christensen will hope to earn a recall to the side, especially if Rudiger is not selected to travel.
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