Unlike the real Premier League table, Chelsea have been one of the leaders in Premier League injury charts for the last couple weeks, with short-term knocks and long-term ailments keeping at least seven first-team players out of action in our most recent match last weekend against Swansea City for example.
While that's provided a great opportunity for the youngsters and fringe players in the squad, some of those kids are now involved in the UEFA Youth League championship weekend — congrats to them for making Monday's final after a 3-0 win against Anderlecht earlier today — so the return of a couple senior players comes at a good time.
Hiddink: ‘Terry will not be in, Hazard is on the edge and Remy is out. Cahill and Matic are in.’ #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 15, 2016
Nemanja Matić has started just three of our last ten matches thanks to his injuries and generally bad
form season while Gary Cahill had been out since picking up some mystery injury while on international duty with England.
It's unfortunate news about Captain John Terry, who's been working very hard to get back to fitness (and not shy about showing off previously illegal recovery methods like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections). Hopefully he'll get to feature before the end of the season.
That may not be the case for Loïc Rémy, whose latest injury could easily keep him out for the rest of the season. Fortunately, Eden Hazard is getting close and while he's been back to training in the last few days, apparently this match comes a bit too soon for his ailing hip.
Young Kenedy has also been carrying a knock for the past few games, but Hiddink claims that won't be an issue for tomorrow. There was no word on Willian (who also missed last weekend), specifically, but presumably he's good to go. Kurt Zouma is of course out for the next several months still.
In non-injury news, Diego Costa has finished serving all his various bans from the Everton match and love-nuzzle with Gareth Barry and will once be available.