GOOD AFTERNOON FROM LONDON
Welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has received a major boost as he is set to welcome Mason Mount back to the fold after the playmaker overcame a minor knock.
However, Tuchel will be missing Reece James due to an ankle injury and also confirmed the full-back will not be linking up with England, even though Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate mistakenly called him up.
Star midfielder N’Golo Kante will also be absent as he tested positive for coronavirus and is still self-isolating, while Christian Pulisic is also recovering from an ankle injury.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, on the other hand, is hoping to have Stuart Armstrong back in contention as the midfielder is closing in on a return from a calf injury.
Hasenhuttl, though, will be without Chelsea loanee Armando Broja, who is ineligible to play against his parent club under terms of his St Mary’s move.
Jack Stephens will also be absent due to a knee injury and the Saints boss will make a late call on Theo Walcott’s fitness.
The Austrian head coach is also close to another injury boost as Will Smallbone is edging towards a comeback having rejoined team training