Chelsea skipper John Terry might have to earn his starting spot back after the Champions continued their dominant form over the weekend.
The England international has been out since the start of September with a hamstring problem, an injury that had been affecting him ever since the World Cup. Chelsea have more than coped without their inspirational leader, with only one league goal conceded so far this season.
"I was hoping after the World Cup that I would have two weeks off and it would completely go away. But that wasn't the case and, coming back working hard, it came back on," Terry told Chelsea TV at the end of last month.
Watching from the sidelines, Terry has been as impressed as anyone with the performances produced by Carlo Ancelotti's side. The depth of squad will prove to be a key issue this season as the Stamford Bridge outfit look to fight for four trophies, and Terry has lauded his teammate for their efforts without him.
“We're showing how many strong players we have here," Terry wrote in the official Chelsea programme ahead of the 4-0 victory against Blackpool.
"The manager has spoken about the importance of the strength in our squad this season and competition for places is always a good thing.”
Terry is expected to be in contention for a starting role at Eastlands for the fixture against Manchester City at the weekend, a match which Chelsea lost 2-1 last season.