Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed Thibaut Courtois will miss the next Premier League game against Hull City on Saturday 13 December due to a minor injury and played down Cesc Fabregas' absence due to suspension.
After the Blues suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend in the Premier League game at Newcastle United, ending an impressive 23-game unbeaten run, the west London side host Hull in search of gaining three points and maintaining their position at the top of the table.
However, Chelsea will have to do so without regular starters Fabregas and Courtois, meaning former first-team choice goalkeeper Petr Cech has the chance to start the match.
"Cesc has been amazing for us but he's suspended for tomorrow so we don't think about him. We trust the other players," Mourinho said.
While speaking about the Belgium international, he claimed: "Courtois is not available tomorrow.
"He had a little problem in training. A muscular problem. But it is a minor problem.
"It is a chance for Petr and a chance for Mark on the bench. He had our confidence even when Courtois was playing. We know what we have, he has absolutely nothing to prove."
Meanwhile, when questioned about Diego Costa's situation, after the striker's run of four games without a goal, Mourinho suggested no player is guaranteed a spot in the his line-up ahead of the busy Christmas period.
He said: "I don't think any one player will play all six matches [between now and 1 January]; maybe some will play five but I have to give them some rest."
Eden Hazard, Willian and John Terry are expected to regain their places in the starting line-up after being rested during the 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday 10 December.