SARRI GIVES HIGUAIN FITNESS UPDATE

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Gonzalo Higuain joined Chelsea on a six-month loan deal in January as Maurizio Sarri opted to bring in another striker and send Alvaro Morata on loan to Atletico Madrid.

Higuain has scored three Premier League goals since signing for Chelsea, and the Argentine has established himself as Sarri’s first choice striker, starting ahead of Olivier Giroud.

Higuain was absent from the Chelsea squad that defeated Dynamo Kiev 5-0 as he didn’t make the trip to Ukraine due to illness.

Sarri revealed in his press conference before the Kiev game that the Argentine had a fever and had to drop him so he can recover for this weekend’s clash against Everton.

Sarri said: “He had a fever after the league match for two days. Yesterday in the evening with the doctor we decided to leave him at home in order to recover him for the next match.”

Sarri has now revealed that the Argentine will be available for selection for Sunday’s clash against Everton as the Blues go away to the Toffees in need of a vital three points to secure in a bid to secure Champions League football.

Asked if Higuain will be available for the trip to Everton, Sarri replied: “Higuain had a strong stomach ache with fever. It’s not a serious problem. I think he will be able to play, but I don’t know in what condition.

“We have to play a very important match, and a very difficult match. In my opinion after the big six Everton are the best team in the league in technical quality.”

Olivier Giroud was in astonishing form on Sunday and scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev 5-0 in Ukraine on Thursday night to progress to the quarter finals of the Europa League.

Speaking after that game, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri rated Giroud’s performance against Dynamo Kiev as very, very good.

“Very, very good,” Sarri said of Giroud’s performance.

“But, in the last period, every time he has been on the pitch, he was able to play really very well. He’s scored nine goals in this competition.

“As you know very well, Olivier for us is a very important player. I’m really very happy for him, and am really very happy with him.”

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