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Team News: Gonzalo Higuain misses out for Chelsea in EFL Cup final

Team News: Gonzalo Higuain misses out for Chelsea
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Gonzalo Higuain is left out of the Chelsea starting lineup for the EFL Cup final with Manchester City at Wembley.

Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of the Chelsea starting lineup for this afternoon's EFL Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.

Under-fire Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has opted for Eden Hazard in a false nine role, with Pedro passed fit to join the front three alongside Willian.

That means that Callum Hudson-Odoi is once again forced to settle for a place on the bench, alongside the likes of Higuain, Olivier Giroud and Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea are able to welcome back goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks, with the Spaniard coming in for Willy Caballero having recovered from a hamstring injury.

Man City also had a decision to make in goal, with Ederson replacing Arijanet Muric despite the latter having played in every previous round of the competition.

The City XI is otherwise as expected, though, with Sergio Aguero leading the line having netted a hat-trick against the same opponents just two weeks ago.

The Argentine is joined in the front three by Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, with the likes of Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan all having to settle for a place on the bench.

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Hazard, Pedro
Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Higuain

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko; D Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling
Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Sane, Mahrez, Foden

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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