Jose Mourinho has no fresh injury worries ahead on tomorrow’s meeting with Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Marco van Ginkel, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, is the only absentee for the trip to the North East though several changes are expected to be made from the side that beat Arsenal on Tuesday evening.
Alan Pardew’s men came from behind to win the corresponding fixture last season while the Blues won 2-0 when the sides met at Stamford Bridge last August.
Three points here would see Chelsea leapfrog Arsenal into first place, with the Gunners hosting third place Liverpool later in the day.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has insisted that Juan Mata is not for sale despite renewed interest in the player from Paris Saint Germain, the Express understands.
The Spain international made a goal-scoring return to the Blues’ starting XI in midweek, and will be hoping to have done enough to get the nod tomorrow lunchtime.
Elsewhere, former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins is urging John Terry to come out of international retirement, according to the Mail Online.
Wilkins, who also coached Terry at the club, believes that the former England skipper should make himself available for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.