Chelsea team news: Barkley makes first Blues start against Bournemouth

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After missing the first half of the season through injury the former Everton man will finally make his Premier League bow at Stamford Bridge

Ross Barkley makes his first start for Chelsea as the Blues face off against Bournemouth in Wednesday's Premier League clash.

The former Everton midfielder has not featured from kick-off in a single Premier League game this season after battling a hamstring injury.

Chelsea's Carabao Cup semi-final defeat against Arsenal marked Barkley's Blues debut, and he will now make his full debut for Antonio Conte's men. 

New signing Emerson is absent from the match-day squad having only signed on Tuesday evening from Roma, while Michy Batshuayi has agreed a switch to Borussia Dortmund

And with Alvaro Morata out and Olivier Giroud unregistered for Wednesday's game Eden Hazard and Pedro are tasked with leading the line against the Cherries.

There is good news for Conte on the injury front, however, as Thubaut Courtois returns from a recent absence to replace Willy Caballero between the posts.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c), Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro.

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Substitutes: Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Moses, Fabregas, Hudson-Odoi.

Bournemouth: Begovic; Francis, Cook, Ake, Daniels; Ibe, Gosling, Cook, Fraser; Stanislas; Wilson.

Substitutes: Boruc, Simpson, Surman, Arter, Pugh, King, Mousset.

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