Hull defender Paul McShane will miss up to four weeks of action with an ankle while team-mates Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Matty Fryatt are also unavailable. However, the Tigers could welcome back key midfielder Robbie Brady for our visit.
Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard remain on the sidelines with respective knee and muscle injuries while Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel is some way off match fitness.
On the opening weekend of the Premier League, if the prospect of going top in January was offered to a Chelsea fan, I’m sure they would chomp at the bit. Well, five odd months later, we are presented with that opportunity, if three points are secured at Hull today. However, Jose Mourinho knows the extent of difficulties Steve Bruce’s side will present. The Tigers have fared well against the so-called “big boys”, leading Manchester United by two goals before becoming overwhelmed, giving Manchester City a run for their money at the Etihad, and beating Liverpool at the KC Stadium.