Chelsea only get two full days to rest and recover before the next game, although given that only Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas played in both games this week (and Fabregas only 55 minutes), the squad should be well rested for this trip up to the Potteries. Eden Hazard, like Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger did complete the full 90 minutes on Wednesday.
Two confirmed absentees for this game: Danny Drinkwater, who’s out until after the October international break and David Luiz, who is suspended (and also has a broken wrist, but that doesn’t really matter). Pedro picked up an ankle knock in Sunday’s game, but was back in light training earlier this week already and should be available for selection (if perhaps a bit limited).
Stoke City have yet to lose a home game this season in three tries despite already facing Arsenal (1-0 win) and Manchester United (2-2 draw). This may not be Tony Pulis’s Stoke anymore, but Ryan Shawcross is still around.