Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed fresh injury concerns over striker Nicolas Anelka and centre-back Alex ahead of Wednesday's clash with Fulham.
The Italian manager admits he is unsure whether to risk the duo against the Cottagers at Stamford Bridge as they struggle with back and knee injuries respectively.
Ancelotti says he will make a last-minute decision on the pair's fitness ahead of Wednesday night's encounter.
"We have to take a decision on Alex and Anelka," said Ancelotti. "Anelka has a little problem on his back and Alex has a little swelling on his knee.
"We'll take a decision tomorrow. The other players are in good condition. Michael Essien is OK."
Striking ace Didier Drogba will return to lead the Blues attack against Fulham after tests revealed he has been suffering from malaria for at least a month.
The illness caused Drogba not to start Sunday's game at Liverpool, an encounter Chelsea lost 2-0.
That defeat has cut the Blues' lead at the top of the Premier League table to just two points, but Ancelotti insists he is not panicking just yet.
"We didn't play well in the first half," he said. "We did in the second. Now we have to look forward.
"We can improve our position in the next two games and we hope to move on from the defeat against Liverpool.
"We have to be able to play 90 minutes with the same intensity, with the same power and personality. That's our aim in the next games.
"We are still at the top of the table and we know this gap can improve or go down, but it's important to stay at the top of the table.
"Manchester United have a derby. We have one against Fulham and we have to pay attention but, in theory, we have a possibility to win.
"I'm not thinking about losing. I'm thinking about winning. It's important we do to move on from the defeat."
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