Chelsea manager, Graham Potter, has said Kalidou Koulibaly will be unavailable for a third straight match, after being ruled out of Saturday’s meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Koulibaly has sat out fixtures against Manchester United last weekend after picking up a knee injury against Brentford.
There were hopes that the Senegal defender will be ready in time for Tuesday’s Champions League match away to Red Bull Salzburg, but he did not make it in time.
Koulibaly has yet again failed the fitness test ahead of this weekend’s match.
“Pretty much the same as we were against Salzburg. Mateo [Kovacic] no problem with his calf, just more fatigue.
“[Kalidou] Koulibaly, game came too soon, outside chance for Wednesday but not for tomorrow [Saturday],” Potter said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.