Chelsea could be without as many as SIX first-team stars for Saturday’s trip to Swansea City.
Guus Hiddink used his Friday press conference to reveal Loic Remy, Eden Hazard, John Terry and Nemanja Matic are all sidelined through injury.
Diego Costa will also miss the game as he continues to serve his suspension while Gary Cahill is facing a late fitness test for the visit to the Liberty Stadium.
He said: “We have a few injured players so we will bring in some youngsters.
“John Terry has a little problem with his achilles and has been training on the pitch by has not recovered.
“Hazard is still out. Matic is out. Remy is out and Costa is still out, of course.”
Swansea have never beaten Chelsea in the Premier League in their nine meetings since the club’s promotion in 2011, including suffering their heaviest home defeat in 24 years when they were comprehensively beaten 5-0 in this fixture last year.
That history suggests Chelsea should remain unbeaten this weekend since Hiddink returned to the Premier League, however the interim manager is more interested in blooding youngsters than chasing personal glory.
He said: “It’s not an unbeaten record that I’m chasing. I prefer bringing in more youngsters with added risk. They need the experience.
“I think we have more points gathered than teams at the top of the table.
“I cannot say I should have come two or three weeks earlier. You have to judge from December.”
Swansea City's Premier League record v Chelsea