Both David Luiz and N’Golo Kante are injury doubts for tomorrow night’s home game against struggling Middlesbrough.
The Brazilian sustained an injury during last week’s emphatic 3-0 victory over Everton, while Kante is reported a have a thigh problem which he sustained during training.
Nathan Ake will likely to be called upon in the place of Luiz, and Cesc Fabregas may start in midfield alongside Nemanja Matic. While both are more than suitable replacements, it will be an unfamiliar feeling for the Blues with the former pair having started every Premier League game this season so far for Antonio Conte’s side.
The injuries come at an awkward time for Chelsea, who know a win against Middlesborough would all bur seal the title, with Tottenham having slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals West Ham on Friday night.
Middlesbrough have injury woes of their own, with Gaston Ramirez to miss out with a pelvic problem, while Victor Valdes and Daniel Ayala remain doubts.
Steve Agnew’s side could see the return of both Grant Leadbitter and Adlene Guedioura after they returned to training during the week after both being sidelined with injuries in recent weeks.
Boro’ currently sit seven points adrift of safety, however have a game in hand over those around them at the bottom end of the table. A win at Stamford Bridge would mean the men from the Riverside would be uneaten in three – having beat Sunderland and drawn against Manchester City in recent weeks – and would be a huge boost in their fight for survival.
The likely teams for Monday’s interesting top versus bottom clash are as follows …