Chelsea will be looking to put their Premier League form to one side this evening when they resume their Carabao Cup campaign against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Blues have lost two of their last three games under Mauricio Pochettino, failing to score in each of those games. However, the visit of Roberto De Zerbi's men gives them the chance to return to winning ways.
All eyes will be on Moises Caicedo, who will be coming up against his former employers for the first time since his British record move from the AMEX Stadium in the summer.
For Pochettino, no European football means the Carabao Cup is a likeable route of success this season. Changes are expected to be made in west London, although the injury list at Cobham continues to grow.
Striker Armando Broja made his return from injury after 10 months in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa. The Albanian featured for around 20 minutes and is in contention to play against Brighton tonight.
However, Pochettino has confirmed that the 22-year-old will not start. «No, he is not ready to start,» the Argentine said. «I think he is helping the team and doing well but he needs time to be fit again to be able to start a game. I think for 20, 25, 30 minutes he can help the team but he is not ready.»
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News on Broja's fitness followed a brief update on a number of players from the club. Benoit Badiashile (hamstring) and Carney Chukwuemeka (knee) are 'in partial team training' meaning their return could be sooner rather than later.
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