Christian Pulisic has ruled himself out for at least another week or two — which is probably still optimistic — which leaves him as Chelsea’s only confirmed (as of right now) injury absence this weekend, in addition to the two long-term absentees Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel.
While there are also concerns about Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kanté, both of whom missed last weekend’s 3-0 win over Burnley, Frank Lampard does have pretty much a full and healthy squad to choose from — especially with a full week to rest and prepare both this weekend and last. The schedule does get a bit busier next week, including a midweek home contest against Arsenal, we also have a winter break coming up at the start of February. Basically, we should be able to field full strength first-choice lineups in all our league games, and rotate for the one Cup match in about ten days.
But what might that first-choice lineup look like right now?