Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling were both forced off early in the 1-0 Premier League loss to City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, while Mason Mount was ruled out ahead of the game after picking up a knock in training.
N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Armando Broja and Ben Chilwell are also missing in a bleak situation on the fitness front for the club, while goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has now undergone surgery on a fractured finger.
As a result, there are not many options for Graham Potter to change things massively heading into today’s third-round showdown at the Etihad Stadium.
It would not be a surprise to see the Blues boss call on his younger players in at least some capacity, such is the level of talent unavailable in his squad at present and impressive performances off the bench on Thursday from the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka, Lewis Hall and Omari Hutchinson.
Chelsea predicted XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Kouliably, Cucurella; Jorginho, Gallagher, Kovacic; Ziyech, Havertz, Hutchinson.