Assuming we have some form of football left this weekend — with or without fans in the stadiums — Chelsea will hit the road to Birmingham, to play Aston Villa on Saturday.
Villa have lost four in a row and are the least in-form team in the league at the moment, though we’ve struggled to beat such easy-on-paper opposition for large parts of this season. So even though Chelsea’s form is improving and Villa’s has landed them in the relegation zone (albeit with a match-in-hand), that will probably mean very little.
To make matters worse for the Blues, the injury list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter, though Frank Lampard might have some good news for us on Friday. Certainly, we should probably expect Mason Mount to be available despite taking a blow to the back of his knee last weekend. And if we’re lucky, both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic could be ready to feature at long last. N’Golo Kanté might be getting close as well, as we’re now coming up on the 3-4 week prognosis of his latest injury.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved in training today with Tino Anjorin and Armando Broja (I’ve mentioning Ruben as he didn’t get into the 18 man squad at the weekend so know some will be happy to read he’s okay)— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) March 11, 2020
Those who are probably not nearly ready include Mateo Kovačić and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while Tammy Abraham remains an even bigger mystery with his bad/not-so-bad ankle injury.
Also missing will be Jorginho, who’s serving the second match of his two-match domestic ban.