Trevoh Chalobah has confessed that the ferocious fixture continues to ware down his fitness.

As quoted by the 5th Stand, the Chelsea defender admitted to feeling the effects of such a strenuous start to the season.

Chalobah might be more grateful than most for the winter disruption caused by the World Cup.

He has started the last ten matches in a row, covering three different competitions in the process.

The 23-year-old has been to Milan, Manchester and back to South West London, stopping off at numerous other spots on the continent along the way.

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Although it must be rewarding having Graham Potter’s faith, a rest once in a while is certainly required.

“It’s been a tough one for myself. I’ve played a lot of games and my body is feeling it but I’ve got to push through,” Chalobah acknowledged.

Chalobah’s fitness and Chelsea’s concerns

His frame might be feeling even more fragile due to the nature of the results in the past few weeks.

Chelsea have won just one of their previous three outings, the 2-1 Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

Potter’s side lost 4-1 away to Brighton & Hove Albion, slumped to 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal, then were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Manchester City.

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They last tasted victory in the Premier League over a month ago, winning 2-0 on the road at Aston Villa.

There is one final contest for the Blues before the World Cup to try and redeem themselves.

Unfortunately, challenging Newcastle United at St James’ Park is not going to be an easy ride in the slightest.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."