Chelsea are expected to recall Fernando Torres up front, for todays derby with Fulham. Ramires can return from his European ban. Michael Essien, who was not available for the game against Basel is also eligible. Fulham meanwhile could be without Dimitar Berbatov, Bryan Ruiz and Maarten Stekelenburg while Darren Bent returns to the squad.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has fired a warning to playmaker Juan Mata. The Spaniard was arguably Chelsea’s best player last season but has barely got a look in under the management of Jose Mourinho this term.
Mata appeared to come into criticism for not adapting to the game plan when he entered the fray against FC Basel in midweek, and Jose Mourinho insisted that at this present moment in time he is not doing enough to usurp Oscar in the starting XI for the club this season.
"But it is another thing to adapt to the way we want to play. In this moment, Oscar is my No.10 and, if anyone tells me Oscar has not been Chelsea's best player this season, I'd have to disagree. I have to prove to the fans that I am good. Now [Mata] must do the same."
The Chelsea boss was also adamant he would not be recalling Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. The young striker joined Everton on loan this deadline day, and the deal has been criticised in some quarters.
The team appear short of striking options, and Mourinho admitted he was less sure of his best team now than he was previously.
But he ruled out Lukaku returning to Stamford Bridge before the end of his loan spell with Everton.
Liverpool midfielder Steve Gerrard has not done Chelsea any favours today - by telling Ross Barkley he should ignore interest from the Blues and Manchester United.
Barkley revealed the two spoke often on England duty recently and Gerrard, a one club man who infamously U-turned on a Chelsea deal, gave him some pearls of wisdom:
“Steven spoke to me a lot on England duty. He told me that I'm from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better. He's done that throughout his career. He said playing is the main thing, going to another team and not playing is no good for my development. He said that the big-hitters are going to be looking at me and linked with me but that the main thing is I stay with the club I'm at, the team I support and the team I love, which is Everton. I love Everton and all I think about is playing for Everton.”
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