UEFA Super Cup: Chukwueze Missing As Villarreal Faces Chelsea
Villarreal dropped Samuel Chukwueze for the Uefa Super Cup final against Chelsea on Thursday as the Super Eagles winger is apparently not fit to partake in the encounter at Belfast after undergoing a successful surgery on his left leg at the end of May.
Chukwueze first picked up an injury during the Uefa Europa League semi-final clash against Arsenal on May 6 and it eventually ruled him out of the final against Manchester United, which the Spanish club won 11-10 on penalties after settling for a 1-1 draw at the end of extra-time.
In Chukwueze’s absence, Unai Emery opted to start new signing Dia alongside Gerard Moreno and Yeremi Pino as his front three.
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Thursday’s clash is Villarreal’s maiden competitive match of the season before they open their 2021-22 La Liga campaign at home against Granada on August 16.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Morocco playmaker Hakim Ziyech in their starting XI as they aim for their second Uefa Super Cup, after their 1998 triumph.