MOMENTS after the full-time whistle blew against West Ham, Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock would have been ruing the prospect of a three-week lay-off.
A 2-0 victory over the Hammers ended a three-game winless run and left the Yorkshireman’s side with a fighting chance of Premier League survival.
With eight games to play momentum is key and Warnock will be hoping his team can pick up where they left off as they host Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The West Londoners have endured yet another rocky season. Some pundits are already calling for manager Maurizio Sarri to be given more time after an uneven Premier League campaign.
However, a 2-0 defeat to Everton following a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Wolves has left Chelsea fans wondering whether it may be time for owner Roman Abramovic to wield the axe yet again.
Joe Bennett and Victor Camarasa both came off injured last time out but the pair are anticipated to be fit for this one.
Club captain Sol Bamba and Jazz Richards will be missing with long-term injuries.
Chelsea are waiting on a fitness update on midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who pulled out of the England squad with a back injury, although Ross Barkley is an able deputy after starring in England’s 5-1 win over Montenegro earlier this week.
Wales international Ethan Ampadu is still out with a long-term injury.
Venue Cardiff City Stadium
Referee Craig Pawson
Odds Cardiff: 7/1 Draw: 7/2 Chelsea: 42/100