Mauricio Pochettino is without a trio of French players today.
New £52m ($66m) signing Christopher Nkunku is expected to be out for around four months, following surgery for an injury sustained in Chelsea’s final pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.
After making a bright start at Stamford Bridge in January, where so many faltered, Benoit Badiashille‘s hamstring injury came as a major blow. He is still recovering.
Wesley Fofana‘s time at Chelsea has been extremely disrupted by injury; his ACL injury is expected to rule him out until March next year.
Fellow Frenchmen Malo Gusto, Lesley Ugochukwu and Axel Disasi are available.
Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Malang Sarr are not thought to be in selection consideration having not been issued squad numbers.