Mauricio Pochettino has been dealt a major dilemma ahead of Chelsea's clash against Arsenal. The Blues will welcome Mikel Arteta's side to Stamford Bridge on October 21, with numerous high-profile players expected to miss the London derby.
Chelsea will be without the likes of Christopher Nkunku and Wesley Fofana, meanwhile William Saliba and Bukayo Saka have recently withdrawn from their respective international duties due to injury. Pochettino and Arteta will be working tirelessly over the next week or so to ensure that their players are ready for what is expected to be a fiery affair.
Both managers will already have a brief idea of what their respective starting lineup will look like. For instance, Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice have started alongside one another in each of Arsenal's first eight Premier League games this season.
As for the west Londoners, Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez have also established a formidable relationship in the middle of the park – not to mention Moises Caicedo too, who's started all but one tie in the English top-flight for Chelsea. However, through neither injury or fault of his own, Pochettino may be forced to completely rejig his midfield against the Gunners.
The large majority of Blues players on international duty will play their final game for their country over the break on Monday or Tuesday, allowing sufficient time for return to Cobham training ground. However, unlike their European colleagues, Fernandez and Caicedo don't play their final games for Argentina and Ecuador, respectively, until the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The reigning World Cup champions will lock horns with Peru in a World Cup qualifier on at 3:00am (BST) on Wednesday, October 18, while Ecuador faceRead on football.london