Graham Potter will only have three of his January signings available for selection as Chelsea return to Champions League action against Borussia Dortmund tomorrow.

Only Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandez will be present for selection, at the expense of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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This means Benoit Badiashile will be unavailable, leaving a massive decision for the manager to make about who will play at the back.

With that being said, here’s The Chelsea Chronicle’s prediction for tomorrow’s XI.

GK and Defence

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Kepa Arrizabalaga obviously retains his place in goal, with very little competition facing him right now.

After 90 minutes at the weekend, Reece James will make his third start in a row at right-back.

Thiago Silva’s experience at the top of the game will be crucial in this tie, and he’ll start again in Dortmund tomorrow.

With Benoit Badiashile’s absence, it is going to be a massive opportunity for Kalidou Koulibaly to get his Chelsea career going in their biggest game of the season.

A tough outing for Marc Cucurella at the weekend will see him replaced, with Ben Chilwell returning from injury to start.


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Perhaps the easiest choice of them all, Enzo Fernandez will look to build on his Man of the Match display against West Ham with another start here.

Fernandez’s third partner in as many games will be Mateo Kovacic, who has been back in training after his personal injury issues.


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Joao Felix opened his account for the club at the weekend, and will continue to feature ahead of the midfield tomorrow.

With Noni Madueke unavailable, Hakim Ziyech will return to the starting line-up on the right, with the potential to link up well with James behind him.

Most of Mykhailo Mudryk’s best career performances have been in this competition, and he will be hoping to continue that trend tomorrow.

Up front, Kai Havertz will be given another chance to link up with an exciting attack. He had a goal ruled out for offside at the weekend.

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