Frank Lampard took a risk and rolled the dice with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Pedro over the weekend. That decision backfired as Chelsea were kept off the scoresheet for just the third time all season and lost back-to-back games in the Premier League since the start of the calendar year. We now have just 1 win in our last 5 in all competitions.
Of course, those decision were at least partially injury-driven, with Tammy Abraham sidelined due to a hip problem and Callum Hudson-Odoi making his return from a hamstring injury. Fortunately, the latter should be back to full fitness now, while the former could be fit as well. He had been hopeful of featuring on Wednesday when asked over the weekend, though Lampard was slightly more cautious in his most recent assessment.
Also continuing to be missing in action will be Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rüdiger, and Ross Barkley. Loftus-Cheek is still several weeks away, but the other two are getting quite close, one would imagine.