Chelsea youngster given shock call-up to squad for PSG clash
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Teenage defender Jake Clarke-Salter is in the 21-man squad that Chelsea have taken to France for their Champions League trip to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 18-year-old centre-back is one of three academy graduates in the travelling party, along with midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.
Oscar has also travelled to Paris for Tuesday night’s fixture after recovering from a calf injury but John Terry misses out with a hamstring injury despite being pictured in training on Monday morning.
January signing Matt Miazga is in the squad but there is no place for Alexandre Pato, the on-loan Brazilian striker, who has been left in London to work on his fitness. Nemanja Matic is suspended for Tuesday night’s clash but has made the trip.
Clarke-Salter has been promoted to the senior set-up after after Kurt Zouma was ruled out for the rest of the season.
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Manager Guus Hiddink revealed last Friday that the 18-year-old centre-back would join Miazga in providing back-up for senior pair Terry and Gary Cahill.
Clarke-Salter, who is captain of Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup side, has been included in first-team sessions after working his way through the ranks since joining the club at the Under-9s stage.
Hiddink will select a matchday squad of 18 from the 20 players available for selection.
Courtois, Begovic, Blackman; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Miazga, Baba, Clarke-Salter; Mikel, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Oscar, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Traore; Costa, Remy.