Chelsea have made two minor changes to their squad to face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen.

Young defender Marc Guehi drops out after joining Championship side Swansea City on loan during last month’s transfer window, while midfielder George McEachran is also left out having moved on a temporary basis to Dutch second-tier outfit SC Cambuur.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains part of the squad despite injury having stopped him from playing a single competitive fixture this season.

The 24-year-old suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during Chelsea’s post-season friendly against MLS side New England Revolution in May.

He has since had successful surgery and played an hour of a behind-closed-doors match against Brentford B on Tuesday.

The midfielder is expected to return to full first-team training once the squad have reconvened after the conclusion of the winter break.

However, it is unlikely that Frank Lampard will rush him back into action with the player having been sidelined for such a long time.

Christian Pulisic is also retained in Chelsea’s squad to face the German champions.

The American winger suffered a training injury shortly before the club’s FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest and has been absent since.

Chelsea’s Champions League squad has been confirmed
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He is another one looking likely to return to the pitch following the winter break.

Chelsea will be looking to overcome Bayern Munich and book their place in the quarter-finals of Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

Hans-Dieter Flick’s side were the opponents in Chelsea’s only Champions League final to date, a game which the Blues famously won on penalties after legendary striker Didier Drogba equalised in the 88th minute with a monstrous header.

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Chelsea squad for Champions League in full

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming*, Nicholas Tie*; Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christiansen, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson, Reece James*; Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount*, Callum Hudson-Odoi*, Christian Pulisic, Billy Gilmour*, Tammy Abraham, Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi.

* = denotes a ’List B’ player, who must be born on or after 1 January 1995 and has been eligible to play for the club for an uninterrupted two-year period since his 15th birthday. A club can list an unlimited number of ’List B’ players.

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