Signed in the summer, Chelsea still have not been able to deploy Christopher Nkunku in a competitive match.
The Frenchman looked electric in pre-season and combined well with Nicolas Jackson but sustained a serious knee injury while playing in a friendly in Chicago.
The 26-year-old had to undergo surgery in August and has not played since. But he could make his Stamford Bridge bow today against Sheffield United.
Mauricio Pochettino said yesterday: “It’s a big motivation for us, for his team-mates, and the fans to see a player that should be important for us being in the squad for the first time.
“It’s very good news for us and it’s time to be calm and quiet because we don’t want to put the pressure on him.”