Chelsea wing back Marcos Alonso could miss the FA Cup semifinals after being charged with violent conduct following a challenge on Southampton striker Shane Long in a Premier League game.
The incident in the first half of Saturday’s match at St. Mary’s was not seen by the referee but was caught on video and Alonso has been charged retrospectively.
He could be banned for three games.
Southampton manager Mark Hughes was unhappy Alonso was not sent off for the challenge. Chelsea came from two goals down to win 3-2, with all three goals coming in an eight-minute span in the second half. Alonso set up the first goal.
Chelsea plays Burnley in the league on Thursday and Southampton in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Chelsea youth looking to match the most famous junior side in English football history
Chelsea know their opponent for the FA Youth Cup final now: Arsenal.
More than just getting one over on their rivals, this game is about matching one of the greatest records in English football.
Chelsea have won the last four competitions in a row, already an amazing feat.
But by making it five, they will match the Busby Babes, the famous Manchester United youth side that went on to become a legendary generation of first team players after the tragic events of the Munich air disaster.
Jody Morris’ boys must be confident given their amazing record in the last few years, but they must not let complacency slip in. Matching, and then potentially going on to beat this historic record in English football would be a truly epic feat.
It will also make it even harder for whichever manager comes in this summer to ignore their successes when looking to fill out his squad in the summer.