It’s becoming a bit of a lucky theme this season that sides we play are without one or two key players each weekend.
Southampton were without Danny Ings the week before last, Everton had Rodriguez, Richarlison, Coleman and Digne missing in our win over Everton and Man Utd had Martial suspended and Cavani stuck in quarantine in their trip to Tyneside last month.
Chelsea come to town this Saturday and it looks like they’ll also be without a few key players to keep the trend going!
Frank Lampard’s issues start at the back, with Ben Chilwell forced off in England’s 2-0 defeat against Belgium last night with a back injury. Considering Chelsea’s back-up options at left-back are unconvincing, this would be a welcome boost for Bruce.
Elsewhere, Football London claim that Timo Werner could be rested, with Lampard admitting before their recent win over Sheffield United that the striker will be taken out of the team soon after a non-stop start to 2020/21 for club and country.
Considering he’s scored a couple over the international break and bagged seven goals and two assists in his last six games for Chelsea in all comps, we could benefit from seeing their £50m man on the bench.
Another who has been described as a ‘big doubt’ by Football London is Christian Pulisic, who has returned from international break early after a spell with the USA national team.
Thiago Silva has also been struggling with illness, however he is expected to play should be return from Brazil feeling 100%.
It’s not going to be easy against Lampard’s in-form Chelsea side full of attacking flare, but we might just have a chance if Callum Wilson is passed it and ASM gets back to his best after a few off days!