Helsea will be without six players when they take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Manager Graham Potter will have to find a way to compete with Mikel Arteta’s side, who are currently top of the Premier League table.
Ben Chilwell will undergo a CT scan on a hamstring tear on Friday afternoon after coming off in the last minute of the 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in midweek, and he will certainly miss his World Cup appearance in serious doubts.
“He feels fine but is obviously aware of the injury and we have to let the swelling set in and therefore the delay with the scan,” Potter said. “We will know more after that.
“I wouldn’t say he fears the worst but we’ve all seen the nature of the injury. I can’t say it looks positive, but until we have the scan, it’s hard to say.
Reece James and Wesley Fofana are out and continue their rehabilitation programs in Dubai in a bid to overcome longer-term knee injuries. N’Golo Kante has undergone surgery to correct a serious hamstring problem and will be sidelined for at least another three months.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will also be out until club football resumes at the end of December, meaning Edouard Mendy will start in goal against the Gunners.
“Kepa, no [he isn’t available]”, Potter said on Friday. “He has plantar fasciitis under his foot. I don’t think he will play before the World Cup.
Young midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka has spent the past week training alone as Chelsea deal with their hamstring complaint.
The Blues are boosted by the return of Mateo Kovacic who was ruled out of the recent Champions League win due to a calf tightness.
Chelsea opted for a 3-4-3 formation under Potter against Manchester United and that could guide their starting line-up for Sunday.
That would mean all of their in-form defenders would start after Kalidou Koulibaly returned three days ago, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to face his former club.
Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling