Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to coaching however Blues boss Graham Potter is just not anticipated to convey him in for the high-profile Premier League conflict at Stamford Bridge.
It leaves the Blues with out Reece James, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana, Armando Broja and Edouard Mendy.
James and Chilwell are anticipated to be out for no less than three extra weeks however Fofana and Mendy could possibly be again as quickly as subsequent week.
After struggling an harm to his knee in a pleasant match in mid-December, Broja will seemingly be out for the season, whereas Kante is due again from hamstring surgical procedure in late February.
19-year-old midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka returned from a hamstring harm to make a substitute look in opposition to Nottingham Forest, whereas new £8.6million signing David Datro Fofana won’t be thrown straight into first-team motion.
Together with his choices nonetheless diminished, Potter may change to the identical back-three method used in opposition to the champions in November, albeit one which did not stop defeat within the Carabao Cup.
It will see Trevoh Chalobah reintroduced within the again line however a workforce largely much like the one which did not beat Forest on Sunday.
Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Kepa; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Cucurella; Pulisic, Havertz, Mount.
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