Chelsea have been given a boost, with AC Milan suffering several injury setbacks ahead of their Champions League clash against the Blues.
Chelsea have one point from two games in Group E, the lowest.
On the other hand, AC Milan are top of the group after a draw against FC Salzburg and a victory over Dinamo Zagreb.
The Blues have changed managers and Graham Potter will lead his side when they face the Serie A side twice in October.
Chelsea have suffered from their own injury problems this season, notably with the absence of N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in the opening weeks.
However, they have now been given a boost as AC Milan are also struggling with an injury crisis ahead of their game against the Blues.
During the international break, an update was provided by Italian media regarding AC Milan’s availability.
La Gazzetta dello Sport have reported on the extent of the Italians’ injuries, with up to four players facing a race against time to face Chelsea.
The situations regarding Ante Rebic, Divock Origi, Theo Hernandez and Sandro Tonali have all been revealed.
Tonali left the Italian side during the last international break as a precaution, and Milan are hoping to bring him back before they face Empoli, days before they travel to London.
Hernandez, on the other hand, did not travel with France for their UEFA Nations League matches.
Instead, he stayed in Milan to recover from a muscle strain.
It is ‘impossible’ for him to come back to face Empoli, while the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is ‘very difficult’ for him to come back.
Rebic is set to return to training for the Milan squad but hasn’t played since August so could once again miss out but he could make the squad for the game in London.
Former Liverpool striker Origi will miss the opener but could return when Chelsea travel to the San Siro.
Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori, who are both on international duty, remain fit and ready for their return to Stamford Bridge next month.
Chelsea’s injury situation remains unclear with Kante potentially returning to training.
Kovacic played for Croatia during the domestic break and remains unscathed, but Potter will provide an update on his squad before Chelsea face Crystal Palace on October 1.