Maurizio Sarri has spoken about player availability, as well as the future of Cesc Fabregas, ahead of the first leg of our Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham tomorrow.
The Blues travel to Wembley to take on Mauricio Pochettino's side in the first leg of our semi-final, aiming to secure a positive result to take back to Stamford Bridge for the return.
'We don’t know at the moment,' he said. 'Pedro, Willian and Giroud are doing better, yesterday they had training with their team-mates, with the group. I don’t know if they will be able to play tomorrow, maybe not for 90 minutes.'
Sarri also provided an update on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was forced out of the game against Forest with an injury problem.
'Loftus-Cheek of course is out now, we have to understand the situation with his back because in the last month he was in trouble.'
Sarri spoke about the possibility of Fabregas featuring tomorrow, as well as the midfielder's long-term future at the club.
'I have no news about Cesc,' he added. 'I don’t know if he is able to play tomorrow because in the last match, in the last 10 minutes he had cramp in his calf. He needs to rest I think. I don’t know the situation. We have to see today’s training and the training tomorrow morning.
'I can say only my opinion. I don’t know the decision of the club. In my opinion he needs to go. You know very well the situation and in this club there is a rule, the renewal for players over 30 is usually one year, he has an offer for three years and I don’t want a very important player like Cesc not happy, but that’s only my opinion, it depends on the club.
'If Cesc will go of course we need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble because I don’t know about the situation with Loftus-Cheek, if it's serious or not, without Cesc we only have five so we need a replacement.'