Chelsea are going to miss the services of Emerson at the back. He has been ruled out for nearly a month due to an injury. The left-back was missing against Grimsby Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The defender, who has been one of the bright sparks at Chelsea this term, made his comeback from a thigh injury but limped off after 14 minutes during the Blues’ match against Liverpool last Sunday. Chelsea lost to the Reds 2-1.

Manager Frank Lampard said: “Emerson now won’t be back until the other side of the international break. It will be a few weeks because it is the re-occurrence of an injury so we have to be careful with it.”

Emerson has been a regular fixture for Chelsea under Lampard.

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The Chelsea boss though will see Callum Hudson-Odoi making a comeback. The winger suffered from an Achilles injury. He was sidelined at the end of the last season. The Blues will also witness the debut of the young defender, Reece James.

Lampard also requested fans that they need to be patient with the club’s young side.  “This is a club with a ban that has lost Eden Hazard, and two strikers from last year in Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain. Now we have younger players who I think the fans are very ready to be patient with. And they will need to be. But at the same time the rules remain the same.”

He added, “If you show passion and fight and desire to play for the club, as we showed on Sunday against Liverpool, then fans will respect that whether you win, lose or draw. Chelsea fans are smart. The older fans have seen a lot and those from the more modern era have seen a lot with different managers and different styles, but they are now in a position where they are really behind us.”

Andreas Christensen will also be out for at least a week due to knee injury. He picked up the injury during their game against Liverpool.