Chelsea lose key star ahead of FA Cup semi-final clash
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Chelsea lose key star ahead of FA Cup semi-final clash aganist Southampton

Chelsea star Marcos Alonso has been banned by the FA after a rather horrible challenge on Southampton’s Shane Long, with the Spaniard out for crucial ties.

The Blues have been struggling, and have seen their title lost to a rather rampant Manchester City this season. However, while that has been part of the problem, they’ve also seen the rise of Marcos Alonso with the left-wing back the only Chelsea star to make the PFA Team of the year from Stamford Bridge. Alonso has been among the few bright spots in Chelsea’s miserable campaign so far but now it looks like the former Champions will be without their star for the FA Cup.

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The left-wing back collided with Southampton’s Shane Long during Chelsea’s 3-2 win over the Saints on Saturday but managed to avoid being booked by the referee during the match, but after the match reports revealed that FA will ban the Spanish international. According to Goal.com, BBC and Sky Sports, the 27-year-old will miss the next three games for Chelsea including the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton.

In a statement, the FA went on to explain and reveal “Marcos Alonso will miss Chelsea’s next three matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission ruled he had committed an act of violent conduct against Southampton’s Shane Long.

“Alonso denied the charge and further submitted that if found proven the suspension would be excessive, however, this was rejected following Wednesday’s hearing. The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred in the 43rd minute of Saturday’s game.”

This means that Alonso will not only miss the FA Cup semi-final but also two additional Premier League games, with the Spainard potentially making his comeback against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in May. Southampton manager Mark Hughes was horrified by the decision during the match by referee Mike Dean.

“It was a poor challenge – it should have been a red card in my view. The disappointment was the officials didn’t see it,” said the Southampton boss. “They were all within a 10 to 15-metre radius – one of them should have seen it.”

Author’s take:

Losing Marcos Alonso will be a massive blow to Chelsea, especially given how well the Spaniard has played this season. However, what would make things even worse is that the Blues are fighting a losing battle to make a Champion League spot for next season, but need their full squad to mount a challenge with four games left in the season.

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