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Chelsea partly blame virus for off-colour display against Manchester United

20 April 2017, 06:50 | Charlene Valdez

Chelsea make the trip to Old Trafford looking to end United's 21-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League and restore their seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Left wing-back Marcos Alonso pulled out of the starting line-up in the warm-up because of the virus.

The midfielder has grown deeply unpopular among supporters and also looks like he will follow his best friend out of the exit door. The club is assured that it considerably contributed to their dissatisfactory performance.

Victor Moses, only just returned from a calf injury, had also been hampered and, having started the game, had to be withdrawn nine minutes into the second half prompting further disruption to the visitors' approach. Costa, who was eventually booked for a foul on Paul Pogba, has failed to score in five consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career in English football - his last club goal was at West Ham in the first week of March.

It's safe to say that Conte and his staff will be telling Chelsea's players to was their hands thoroughly, cover their mouths when sneezing and to wrap themselves in cotton wool for the final weeks of the season...

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be hoping to get all his players healthy ahead of the FA Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham on Saturday, April 22.

While all three were back in training on Tuesday, Gary Cahill "reported unwell" as the latest victim of the lingering virus.

On top of this virus, reports state star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois injured his ankle in an National Basketball Association promotional video before the game as back-up Asmir Begovic made his first PL appearance of the season.

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