Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of Wednesday's trip to Manchester City through injury.
Terry, who recently returned to action from a knee problem, picked up an injury in last week's Champions League win over Napoli and was forced to miss the weekend FA Cup victory over Leicester.
Chelsea interim boss Roberto Di Matteo admits the game at the Etihad Stadium will come too soon for Terry, but he is hopeful the skipper will be fit for Saturday's crucial home clash with Tottenham.
"It's still a bit too early for John Terry," admitted Di Matteo
"He did very well to come back in such a short time and we were lucky. He should be fine for the weekend."