Heading into Chelsea's away fixture with West Ham United at Upton Park this weekend, Jose Mourinho faces more of the same injury woes with his squad. The boss was asked at his weekly press conference to give an injury update and simply responded with this:
"The same, exactly the same."
-Jose Mourinho; Source: chelseafc.com
Well, that's not very encouraging. This means that in addition to Thibaut Courtois being out until December, Branislav Ivanovic, Loic Remy, and Pedro all remain sidelined for at least the next Premier League match.
Brana is still battling a hamstring injury that he picked up while on international duty and it could keep him out for a few more weeks. Meanwhile, Pedro and Remy are suffering from minor injuries, but are unable to recover in time for the match with the Hammers.
In Ivanovic's absence, Cesar Azpilicueta will man one of the fullback spots. The question for Jose to answer is, does he start Baba Rahman or Kurt Zouma at the other?
With two attackers unavailable, the door could be open for Oscar to earn his spot back in the starting eleven. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who started against Aston Villa, is also an option.