Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that John Terry has a 'little chance' of being fit for Sunday's London derby against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Terry was stretchered off during the Blues' midweek win in the Champions League over Maccabi Tel Aviv, meaning Kurt Zouma could partner Gary Cahill at the heart of the champions' defence.
Mourinho also confirmed that Radamel Falcao will be out of the game, but Cesc Fabregas could be fit to line up on Sunday lunchtime.
Despite back-to-back wins in all competitions there is a long way to go for Chelsea to repair their poor start to the season, as they currently lie in 15th place, 12 points behind the top four and 10 points behind their opponents for the weekend, making this weekend a crucial game for Mourinho's side.
He told reporters, as reported by the Daily Mirror: “We need points the same way we needed them last season.
“At this moment we are far from the European positions.
“Every point can make a difference. We’ve lost so many points already, now we have to fight for them even more.
“Our only goal now is to try to get into position where we can smell the top end of the league.
“We can believe that in the second part of the season, we will be in the top positions”
The Chelsea boss also dismissed reports linking the club with a move for Leicester City's Jamie Vardy or Tottenham's own Harry Kane - and insisted that he will stick with the playing staff at his disposal beyond the January window.
Both sides have had long trips in the week because of their European commitments. Chelsea travelled to Israel for their win over Maccabi, while Tottenham had to travel to Baku to take on Qarabag in the Europa League.
Mourinho's side have had two days extra rest prior to the game but he says he's not convinced about stories that Tottenham will be too tired.
He added:“Whenever we play Champions League and we play against teams who don’t have European commitments.
“Stoke didn’t play in Europe - That’s a situation that creates a bigger difference.
“This week we played. When you play Saturday-Thursday, you have a longer time to recover.
“When you play Saturday, Tuesday, you are already in overload."