Genk v Chelsea
Tuesday 1 November 2011, 19:45
UEFA Champions League
Genk are still without the services of David Hubert [stomach] and Jeroen Simaeys [broken toe] who have both been out for around a month. Joining them on the sidelines is suspended left-winger Daniel Pudil, who serves a one-match ban following his booking in each of the opening three European fixtures.
However, Anele Ngongca, Abel Masuero and Marvin Ogunjimi could all return to the Belgian outfit's line-up after missing the weekend clash with Brugge.
For Chelsea, Didier Drogba misses out after undergoing arm surgery, while John Obi Mikel [back] and goalkeeper Hilario [illness] remained in west London to continue their recovery.
John Terry travelled with the rest of the squad, but Andre Villas-Boas has refused to confirm whether or not the Blues captain will feature, amid the ongoing racism probe.
Meanwhile, Ramires is set to start after returning to the Chelsea line-up from a knee injury in the weekend defeat to Arsenal.
AVB: Chelsea on right track
Andre Villas-Boas has faith in his Chelsea players to bounce back from 'a bad week at the office'.
Back-to-back defeats in the Barclays Premier League has left questions raised about the Blues' newfound footballing philosophy under the Portuguese tactician.
The 34-year-old insists the club is still heading in the right direction under his stewardship, but admits that everyone, including himself must learn from their recent mistakes.
"There's always a learning curve in winning and in losing," Villas-Boas explained. "I think you have to be frank and say that our progress was stopped in a disastrous week for us in terms of results. But you cannot say it's all gone to ruins. That's not true.
"There is, of course, back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, which take their toll in terms of the league table.
"But that doesn't mean that what's being built is wrong, that the philosophy is wrong, and that we're not on the right track."
Speaking ahead of tonight's UEFA Champions League encounter against Genk - the side Chelsea thrashed 5-0 in the corresponding fixture at Stamford Bridge less than a fortnight ago - Villas-Boas urged his players to bounce back in style.
"We are on the right track," he continued. "What we are building is still right.
"We have been punished in the last week in terms of the results, but it's up to us to take on the challenge.
"We represent a massive club and we're not running away from the mistakes, but we have to move on."