Marcos Alonso will miss Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton after he was hit with a charge for violent conduct against the same opponents.
The left wing-back appeared to rake his studs down the calf of Saints striker Shane Long during the Blues’ 3-2 triumph at St.Mary’s stadium on Saturday, and Alonso now faces up to a three-match retrospective ban for his actions, if the charge is upheld.
Alonso has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge, and it may be that he fights the accusation in an attempt to feature at Wembley at the very least this weekend.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 17, 2018
Chelsea face Southampton in London on Sunday afternoon as Antonio Conte’s men eye a place in the final and will be desperate for Alonso to be available for selection.
The 27-year-old, however, may not be able to feature if the Football Association find him guilty of the offence before the cup clash.
Alonso’s challenge was missed by referee Mike Dean on the south coast, and was only spoken to during the Premier League victory over Mark Hughes’ relegation-threatened side.
Mark Hughes on Mike Dean’s decision not to send Marcos Alonso off: “Maybe that is why English refs are not going to the World Cup.”
— The Saints Report (@TheSaintsReport) 14 April 2018
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Alonso has featured in 43 of Chelsea’s 52 matches in all competitions this term, but the games he has missed have purely been down to being rested by Conte or due to a couple of knocks or muscle niggles.
He has only sat out one clash through suspension so far this term – the 2-1 EFL Cup triumph over Bournemouth – and, if he is hit with a retrospective ban for his tackle on Long, it will be the longest period of time this season that Alonso will have sat out.
If Alonso is handed a ban by the FA, he would also miss the top flight encounters with Burnley and Swansea City away from home.