Chelsea will be looking to record a first home win in four when they face west London rivals Fulham.
The Blues are back in action four days after drawing 1-1 with Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first-leg in Spain and may have one eye on the decider next week.
But with a top-four finish in the Premier League not yet secured, coupled with failure to beat West Brom as well as Brighton in their last two outings at Stamford Bridge, victory over Fulham is important.
Chelsea, who also lost a ‘home’ game against Porto that was played at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Spain, will go into the London derby with the knowledge that Mateo Kovacic and Antonio Rudiger are unavailable.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed the double injury blow in his pre-match press conference.
“No unfortunately, not, he (Kovacic) is still injured,” Tuchel told reporters. “He trained with us, but he’s still not fully confident, he felt something at the end of training. So he’s not available unfortunately.
“All the others are available except for Toni Rudiger, who got injured in the last minute of the Madrid game.Everybody else is available.
“Before training today we thought that Kova had a big chance to join us latest for Madrid, maybe even for today.
“So now we have a little setback, not a big one, with him.
“I don’t want to be too negative, let’s see how he is tomorrow. For Toni, I’m quite positive for Wednesday.”
As mentioned by Tuchel, the good news is that everyone else is available for selection.
That means the likes of Reece James, Hakim Ziyech, and Kai Havertz are all pushing for starts after featuring as substitutes against Real Madrid in midweek.
Full Chelsea squad to face Fulham
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Edouard Mendy
Defenders: Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri
Midfielders : Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Billy Gilmour, Kai Havertz
Attackers: Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi