Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Eden Hazard will be fit to face Tottenham Hotspur in tomorrow evening's London derby, but Ashley Cole will miss out after suffering an injury in training.
Hazard was widely expected to be short of fitness for the Spurs clash after hobbling out of international duty with Belgium on Wednesday night, lasting just 28 minutes of their 2-2 draw with the Ivory Coast.
Blues fans will be relieved to hear from Mourinho that their top scorer so far this season is fit and available for selection this weekend, but the Chelsea boss has warned that he will be reluctant to take any chances with players that have returned from international duty.
Mourinho told Chelsea's official website: "Hazard is good, we have some other problems, we don't know if they can recover, but Hazard looks good, no problem.
"It was good for me that Ashley played part of the game [for England], he hasn't played for a long time. He didn't play 90 minutes but he played 45 and that's good. Unfortunately he got an injury in training yesterday and he's one of the players that is out for tomorrow.
'It's a lateral ligament injury, impossible for him to play tomorrow and we would say between eight and 10 days."
Cole's absence will sit fairly low on Mourinho's list of priorities in terms of picking a side to face Spurs, with Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta firmly first choice on the left hand side of defence.
Chelsea can move seven points clear of title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal with victory tomorrow, thanks to a strange weekend of Premier League action affected by the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all missing from the Premier League calendar as a result of the cup, giving Mourinho's men the perfect platform to press home their title credentials.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms