The international break won’t be looked back on with fondness by Frank Lampard and his squad; injuries have plunged the Blues in to somewhat of a midfield crisis as Newcastle prepare to come to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Matty Longstaff’s storming finish against Manchester United offered some reprieve for the Magpies after a dismal start to the season, with the youngster’s goal ensuring Steve Bruce picked up just the second win of his contentious tenure at the club. Newcastle’s recent record against Chelsea, however, makes for more grim reading, as they are currently winless in their last seven encounters conceding 17 and scoring just three times. Furthermore, whilst on their travels to the West side of London, no side has lost more – ending up on the losing side at the Bridge 17 times, joint most with Tottenham.

Chelsea meanwhile will be without both N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, with the pair both suffering from injuries. This leaves the Blues with just 18-year-old Billy Gilmour to provide any midfield impetus off the bench. Outcast winger Christian Pulisic will be growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of minutes this season, vocalising this during America’s loss to Canada during the week. Pulisic will still likely miss out on a starting spot in the side but even a considerable cameo off the bench will be seen as an improvement.

A fifth win on the bounce could catapult Chelsea as high as second if other results go their way, and they will be quietly confident of ensuring they keep up their side of the deal.