Chelsea have just one first-team player unavailable for our trip to the Emirates tomorrow. You can follow our coverage of the game on Twitter @TalkChelsea.
Injuries plagued Chelsea over the festive period, as they often do with the busy schedule that English teams are forced to endure. Thankfully for Maurizio Sarri, he has been provided with a little respite from the continuous muscle damage sustained by his players.
With Chelsea travelling across London to face fifth-place Arsenal tomorrow evening in what could prove to be a defining fixture in the race for Champions League qualification, Sarri will have hoped to have a fully fit squad at his disposal. Bar Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he does.
Speaking in pre-match press conference on Friday, Sarri revealed that Loftus-Cheek is the only player who will not be fit enough to feature in the game. The Englishman’s ongoing problem with his back flared up during our FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with a back problem, is the only player unavailable. #ARSCHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 18, 2019
Hopefully Ruben gets better as soon as possible, for himself as much as anyone. He looked distraught while limping off against Forest. For now, though, we’ll have to do without him. We have full faith in the players coming back from North London with all three points.