As Chelsea travel to Wembley to face local rivals Tottenham, they must take satisfaction from the fact that they have a clean bill of squad health after the international break.
Most international breaks always almost saddle players with huge responsibility to recover from various factors especially tactics and fatigue. But it seems both sides are quite fortunate to have their players back unscathed.
Prior to the match build up, injury concern were rife but that seem to have tempered with news that some of the players returned early and the ones with knocks have recovered.
This is evidenced by the number of players that turned up for training on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
With this news, Chelsea will most likely remain unchanged against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
A line up like his should be envisaged because Maurizio Sarri looks like a coach that keeps faith with performing players.
In goal, Kepa Arrizabalaga may continue. The young Spaniard has improved after a couple of harmless mistakes at the early stages of the season.
Sarri might continue to spot a back four of Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta that have done him wonders.
Changes might be implemented in midfield with Barkley coming in for Mateo Kovacic who has recovered from a muscle injury but the match against Spurs might be too early for him to start. Besides this, we hope to see Jorginho and Ngolo Kante in that midfield trio.
The attack could be spearheaded by Eden Hazard, Willian and Alvaro Morata if the manager deem them capable for the herculean task ahead after drawing blanks against Everton.
Here’s a pictorial view of how the team could line up against Tottenham.