One step forward and two steps back for Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea. Things don't get any easier either with Brighton next up on the agenda and seeking revenge for the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge as well as coming off the back of just a first league win since September.
In the aftermath of being hammered 4-1 by a side that the Blues are supposedly competing with for the top four/five they now have to go up against a confident Seagulls side also sniffing around the European place. To make matters worse the availability issue continues to grow.
Reece James and Marc Cucurella will both be out of the team having picked up suspensions respectively. Both will be back for Manchester United but have to sit out the next game as James was shown a second yellow card at St. James' Park, the first coming for dissent.
Cucurella has only played seven times but reached the five card accumulation threshold already, meaning that a shake-up at the back is on the cards. Luckily for Pochettino, Levi Colwill was able to be part of the squad having missed out on the team that drew to Manchester City, also withdrawing from England's camp over the international break.
Colwill was a second-half substitute for Chelsea and will likely be needed against the side he represented last year whilst on loan. Alongside him could be Benoit Badiashile after he started his first league game in seven months. The Frenchman had a tough time in the north east but will be aiming to build up his match sharpness in the coming weeks.
In front of him, Moises Caicedo was dropped to the bench having been the last to return from international duty. The Ecuadorian played on Wednesday for his country before a long journey back to England, a brief trainingRead on football.london