Chelsea look set to be without John Terry and Pedro for the Premier League clash with relegation battlers Norwich City. Guus Hiddink's side travel to Carrow Road on 1 March having picked up their fifth win in eight games with triumph over Southampton at the weekend, Branislav Ivanovic notched a late header to secure all three points after Cesc Fabregas rather fortuitously cancelled out Shane Long's first-half effort.
Pedro lasted just seven minutes of that victory on the south coast before being replaced by Oscar, after appearing to sustain a hamstring problem. The Spanish forward has experienced an upturn in former over recent weeks with a brace in the 5-1 drubbing of Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, yet now it seems that he is in a race against time to be fit for the Champions League last-16 second-leg visit of Paris Saint-Germain next week.
Commenting on that injury during his pre-Norwich press conference, a pessimistic Hiddink told reporters: "I will see Pedro now, yesterday he was here for treatment. Normally with these injuries I'm not that positive that it will be resolved in a few days, but I need the information from my medical staff."
Hiddink's most pressing injury concern over recent weeks has concerned the status of Terry. The long-serving Chelsea captain, who is likely to move on this summer with his contract set to expire and no extension yet offered, has not played since hobbling out of that aforementioned triumph over Newcastle with his own hamstring issue. The injury kept him sidelined for the first meeting with PSG, in addition to the FA Cup fifth-round defeat of Manchester City, with his manager later admitting that he would not be fit ready for Southampton as he continues to receive treatment.
A return against Norwich also appears extremely unlikely. Hiddink added: "John is touching the pitch with some running and we'll see how he reacts after training this week."
Terry's absence has seen versatile stand-in skipper Ivanovic switched inside from his usual role at right-back to form a partnership with Gary Cahill in the centre. Kurt Zouma had previously been considered a first-team regular until his 2015-16 season was ended by anterior cruciate ligament damage suffered against Manchester United. Monaco loanee Radamel Falcao is also yet to make his comeback from an ongoing thigh complaint suffered in October.