How Chelsea could line-up at the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season

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Injuries, a transfer ban and player sales could see a very different team for the next Premier League campaign

There is plenty of uncertainty as to who will be available for Chelsea at the start of next season.

With an impending transfer ban coupled with the potential loss of Eden Hazard this summer there is sure to be plenty of changes.

Maurizio Sarri will have decisions to make when it comes to his team next season
Maurizio Sarri will have decisions to make when it comes to his team next season

It is looking increasingly likely that Hazard will join Real Madrid during the transfer window with reports suggesting the deal could be announced following the Europa League final with Arsenal.

The Blues will have to promote from within as they are due to be banned from signing any players for the next two transfer windows.

They are appealing the decision but may have to start planning for the worst case scenario.

Eden Hazard looks likely to leave Chelsea in the summer
Eden Hazard looks likely to leave Chelsea in the summer

Maurizio Sarri is also unlikely to be able to call on two of his brightest young talents who are set to miss the start of next season through injury.

Callum Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles in April and had to have surgery. Even the most optimistic of timescales on his recovery have him missing the start of the season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered a similar injury in a charity friendly against New England Revolution and also faces a significant spell on the sidelines.

Striker Olivier Giroud is also out of contract in the summer and could leave the club while the loan spells of Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain will have ended and are n.

Here at talkSPORT.com we have looked at how the Blues could line-up when the season starts in August.

How Chelsea could line-up at the start of next season
How Chelsea could line-up at the start of next season

Not much is likely to change in the Chelsea defence unless Ethan Ampadu or Reece James can push for a starting place.

We could be seeing plenty of the young pair next season but Sarri may want to start with experience rather than throwing the pair in at the deep end.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured his ankle in a charity friendly
Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured his ankle in a charity friendly

In the midfield three, Loftus-Cheek will be injured and Mateo Kovacic back at Real Madrid.

Mason Mount has been impressive at Derby this season with nine goals and four assists in the Championship.

Christian Pulisic will return from his loan at Borussia Dortmund and likely to go straight into the starting XI as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is set for months on the sidelines
Callum Hudson-Odoi is set for months on the sidelines

Striking options will be limited without Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain while Hazard was also used up front this season.

Tammy Abraham has 26 Championship goals this season and could be recalled to fill that gap.

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