Cesar Azpilicueta groin injury confirmed

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Chelsea are hopeful the groin injury sustained by Cesar Azpilicueta in the victory over Newcastle is just a minor one and Steve Holland has confirmed the Spaniard will undergo a scan to assess the extent of the damage.

Azpilicueta was withdrawn from action shortly before the interval at Stamford Bridge, with Filipe Luis his replacement, and there were concerned looks on the bench and in the stands as the full-back limped down the tunnel.

The 25-year-old has been in superb form for Chelsea this season, with Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher calling him the Premier League’s best defender, but Holland does not expect Azpilicueta to be a long-term absentee.

“He has a slight groin problem, we don’t think it’s a major one,” Chelsea’s assistant manager told reporters.

“We’ll know more when he has the scans.”

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Chelsea, meanwhile, were able to maintain their position at the Premier League’s summit after overcoming a spirited Newcastle side who enjoyed much of the better play in the first-half of Saturday’s encounter.

The visitors spurned a number of good opportunities before Oscar found the net for Chelsea, while Diego Costa completed the scoring shortly before the hour mark, allowing Jose Mourinho’s side to take full advantage of Manchester City’s failure to beat Everton.

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