Following a well-deserved week off after last Sunday's momentous victory over Arsenal at The Emirates, Chelsea swing back into action with three games of increasing difficulty in the space 8 days, culminating in Manchester United coming to town on Super Bowl Sunday.
But first, MK Dons! Normally, an FA Cup 4th round match against lower league opposition would not be that tremendously important — consider last year's shocking exit and its lack of long-term impact — but seeing as how the FA Cup remains our best chance at achieving something meaningful this season, we will have to take it just as seriously as we did in the previous round.
While by the time the match rolls around on Sunday afternoon Chelsea may have two new players to call on, as of right now, neither Alexandre Pato nor young Matt Miazga are considered as available for selection. Fortunately, the rest of the squad is almost completely healthy, with Radamel Falcao the only potential absentee — he was expected to be back by the end of January from his latest ailment; perhaps manager Guus Hiddink will have some news in that regard in his press conference later today. Other minor concerns from the Arsenal match included Diego Costa, who appeared to pick up a knock but was back in training yesterday, and Eden Hazard, who appeared to come through unscathed his first game back from a groin injury.
There is of course one big change since the last time we played, and that's the departure of 250-apperance man Ramires, who bade farewell to his former teammates at Cobham on Thursday and is off to join his new teammates in the Chinese Super League. Good luck, Rami!
Meanwhile, in Chelsea land, it's time to choose.