Antonio Conte could have just one fit striker for Chelsea's clash against West Bromwich Albion after the international break 18 November after Michy Batshuayi picked up an injury while on international duty with Belgium.
The Blues forward has been ruled out for both of Belgium's upcoming friendlies against Mexico and Japan and has been allowed to return to London to continue his recovery under the supervision of the Chelsea medical staff.
Roberto Martinez confirmed the striker's injury but revealed that it was not the one that he picked up while with the national team. Batshuayi is said have already been injured when he joined the Belgian squad and was unable to train leading up to their first game against Mexico on Friday (10 November).
"When Michy arrived he was in pain," Martinez said ahead of their game against the South Americans, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"He has not trained since the squad met. He is out both games and has already returned to Chelsea," the Belgium manager added.
Batshuayi has been mainly used as a substitute this season owing to the presence of Alvaro Morata as Conte's main striker, but he has contributed with seven goals in 13 games across all competitions. That is just one less than the Spaniard, who has played two games more.
The Belgium international's absence will be a blow for the Italian coach, who has only two strikers on his books and will have to rely on Morata if the former's injury is worse than first expected. Chelsea are yet to reveal the true extent of the damage.
Moreover, Morata is also not fully fit, having just returned from a hamstring injury layoff. The Spain international skipped training with the national team on Wednesday (8 November), which sparked fears of a further injury, but the striker allayed any concerns after he revealed that it was just a broken toe nail.