Chelsea fans’ hearts must have sank along with the German international as they watched Antonio Rudiger plummet to the floor against Liverpool on Sunday.
The central defender had sustained a knee injury that would force him off, requiring members of the Blues’ medical staff to support him into the dressing room.
Set for a scan to determine the severity of the ailment on Monday, the Evening Standard have revealed that Gary Cahill is set to be welcomed back into the fold at Stamford Bridge.
The veteran has been almost totally excluded by Maurizio Sarri this season, with the 33-year-old’s last appearance coming way back in November.
Andreas Christensen was brought on from the bench against Liverpool, but looked far from assured as the visitors were defeated 2-0 by the high-flying Reds.
With an impending Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday, Sarri may well turn to the vastly more experienced Cahill to get them over the line and deliver them to the semi-finals.
Success in the Europa League may well become imperative for Chelsea, should they fail to finish in a Champions League qualification spot.
Chelsea's remaining fixtures
April 18 - Slavia Prague (H) - Europa League quarter-final second-leg
Chelsea take a 1-0 lead back home to Stamford Bridge, with every chance of progressing to the semi-finals.
April 22 - Burnley (H)
Chelsea will welcome Burnley to West London on Monday Night Football.
April 28 - Manchester United (A)
A game that could have far-reaching consequences in the race for the top four, this is an old-fashioned ‘six pointer’.
May 2 - Potential Europa League semi-final first-leg
If Chelsea can indeed get past Slavia Prague, they would take on either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals of the competition.
May 4 - Watford (H)
In a game that would be moved in the case of a Europa League semi-final, Chelsea will conclude their home fixtures against Watford.
May 9 - Potential Europa League semi-final second-leg
Can Chelsea get to the Europa League final?
May 12 - Leicester (A)
Chelsea will end a frustrating Premier League season away at Leicester.
May 29 - Potential Europa League Final
Chelsea would head to Baku for the Europa League final, should they make it that far.