Toni Rudiger has compounded Chelsea’s defensive concerns against Brentford on Saturday, with the Germany international ruled out with a back injury.
Thomas Tuchel was already without Thiago Silva, who does not arrive back from international duty with Brazil in time for the West London derby.
Better news for the European champions is Romelu Lukaku’s availability after being sent home early by Belgium with muscle fatigue. The £97.5million striker has taken part in training back at Cobham and is expected to start.
But Chelsea’s attacking options have also been limited by the absence of Hakim Ziyech, who has not been able to take part in their last two training sessions due to a headache, and Christian Pulisic, who is still to recover from an ankle injury.
Rudiger did not play in Germany’s win against North Macedonia on Monday because of a back complaint that forced him to miss training. Upon his return to Chelsea it has been determined that he needs further rest before being thrown into the action.
Tuchel was already aware that Thiago would not be available.
He said: “So we had our talk today about Brentford, we had our tactical training today, and he missed all that.
“We knew before when he would come back and when he would travel, so it’s nothing new.
“I’ve got used to a lot of things in national breaks, this is how it is nowadays.
“Are we happy about it, all the coaches with the amount of games our players play for their countries? No, we are not. Does anybody ask us if we want to change anything? Also, not. So it’s nothing new.”
Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Chalobah; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Lukaku.