Ruben Loftus-Cheek has reiterated he’s ready to step up for Chelsea while teammates such as Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho are unavailable.
Thomas Tuchel’s depleted Blues squad travel to Russia on Wednesday evening to face Zenit in the Champions League group stages, with top spot still up for grabs.
Unfortunately, five senior players are absent from the midweek fixture. There are three central midfielders included on the injury list, too.
Tuchel has confirmed Jorginho misses the Zenit tie with a back problem. Mateo Kovacic is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and remain out with their respective injury issues.
The absence of Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante this week means there are very few options in the centre of the park.
Loftus-Cheek, who’s had opportunities lately in the XI, is one of the few central midfielders available to play.
The 25-year-old Englishman has started four of the last five consecutive matches in all competitions and has said ahead of Zenit he’s capable of covering the loss of senior players.